I don’t like Halloween. Mostly I don’t like how the holiday is used to rehearse the ancient grudge held by the powerful against wise women.
Witch hunt anyone?
This is better…
Troubled by the scarcity of female protagonists of any kind in children’s books, let alone strong, smart, and resourceful heroines, Ragan transformed her search for good stories to read to her young daughter into a full-scale research project, reviewing some 30,000 folk and fairy tales from all around the world. The 100 she selected to create this jewel of an anthology feature “courageous mothers, clever young girls, and warrior women,” heroines that save lives and bring peace to their communities not through brute strength, although endurance is a frequent feat, but through creativity, intelligence, eloquence, wisdom, kindness, perseverance, and loyalty. Ragan is to be commended for her diligence and good taste: she has found captivating stories about wonderfully shrewd and fearless heroines from all across Europe, including Iceland, Scotland, Greece, and Yugoslavia, as well as Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Pacific. Ragan’s concise yet discerning commentary follows each tale, making this affirming and long overdue collection as edifying as it is entertaining.