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The Serpent Slayer: and Other Stories of Strong Women Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 19 user ratings
ISBN:0316387010
LANGUAGE:English

" A multi-cultural collection of heroines from legends and fairy tales. Most I had never heard of before, but the stories were entertaining (though some might not be appropriate for all children, considering there are a lot of monsters that end up headless). There are fewer illustrations than in many picture books, too (one or two per story), though the illustrations that are included are beautiful. A great resource for educators and older children. " said.

" I read this in my early youth because I was a feminist from the WOMB. Tchana compiles myths from a lot of different cultures and makes them understandable to kids, but doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable subjects like death that stood at the center of these stories. The illustrations are beautiful and depict women and girls of all ages, sizes, and cultures. This is one of my favorite books ever. " said.

"Stories of strong women! What's not to love? Well, some people might want to critique that many of the stories end in marriage or are marriage-focused, but that seems useful to me. This isn't an alternate reality in which women have more power than men or in which the scales are level (although there is a place for such literature). This is how women can claim control over their lives, affect change in their realities, even within a patriarchal system. And that seems more urgent, and more useful, for this world, for at least the next couple generations of young women." said.

"If you have young people in your life, this would make a good gift. All the girls and women in these stories are their own heroes. They may work alone, or with others, but none of them wait for anyone to ride up and rescue them.

I especially liked the story of Sister Lace, who refused to use her wonderful gift for the selfish Emperor, and the story of the woman who learned how much patience and strength she had by getting three hairs from the chin of a tiger to help her husband, who was suffering from PTSD.

Beautiful illustrations!
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"This is a wonderful book for children of all ages. The tales range across cultures and are told with great humour and ease. The illustrations are rich and support the stories well. In this day of changing the story told to us by the dominant paradigm, these tales are a refreshing look at women's power and possibility.

I highly recommend this book. I used it as a school librarian and have given it as a gift to children of many ages and across cultures. It has been a favourite since i first discovered it as a community librarian in 2001.
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"Stories of strong, clever and resourceful women are found in many cultures and this book has truly memorable ones. There are no Grimm tales here with sleeping victims or girls sneaking away to the ball. These ladies know what they want and aren’t afraid to take risks to get them. Whether rebellious, spoiled, hard working or merely saucy, this book delivers! The illustrations are quite fine, too, masterfully conveying shifting moods, atmospheres, locales and cultures. This is a book that girls and boys could easily enjoy." said.

" Definitely joins the ranks of Tatterhood and Women Who Run With the Wolves, except with the awesomeness of full color paintings for each story. It's like D'Aulaires and The Maid of the North had an awesome multiculti love child. Did I mention that the majority of the stories are not European? I have really enjoyed reading these before bed recently. :-) " said.

" The prose is lackluster, but Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations are gorgeous, as ever. " said.

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