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Brave Little Golden Book (Disney/Pixar Brave) Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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This story is such a special one as it reflects on mothers and daughters... apparently, the writer/director of the 2012 Disney movie (which won SO many awards!) this Little Golden Book is based on was inspired by her relationship with her own daughter. I didn't see the film, but this book does a decent job within its 24 pages of summarizing the plot I'd read about... Queen Elinor believes it's come time for her daughter, Merida, to become betrothed... Merida has other plans! Even though the idea of someone else deciding to whom we'll become betrothed is not something most of us relate to in today's American culture, the conflicts that ensue between mothers and daughters, the clash between ideals/expectations mothers were raised with and the evolving notions and wills of their daughters will forever be a "current event", as we women continue to grow and expand our definitions of ourselves. Following is the text of the book, if you're unfamiliar with the movie and want to determine if this LGB is one your youngster would be interested in:
"A princess rises early. A princess doesn't doodle. A princess is patient, cautious, and clean! Queen Elinor had many rules for how to be a princess. Merida, her daughter, hated ALL of them. Only when she was alone did Merida feel free. Since Merida would be queen one day and she was old enough to marry, Queen Elinor felt it was time to find her a husband. 'Marriage?' Merida wailed. Queen Elinor and King Fergus invited the oldest sons of three lords to compete in the royal games. The winner would marry Merida! There was Young Macintosh, Young MacGuffen, and Wee Dingwall. Merida did not want to marry any of them. So she won the royal games herself! Queen Elinor was furious. Merida was angry, too. She was tired of always having to do what her mother wanted. Merida lost her temper. She slashed her sword through a family tapestry - right between the images of her and her mother! Then Merida jumped onto her horse and rode away from the castle. When she came upon a ring of stones, she saw a flickering blue light. More lights joined it. The will o' the wisps were forming a trail leading her into the woods. Merida followed the will o' the wisps to a woodcarver's cottage. But the woodcarver was really a witch! She offered to make one spell for Merida. Merida wanted a spell to change her mother's mind. The Witch agreed to do it and started brewing something in her cauldron. When she was done, she gave Merida a spell cake. Back at the castle, Merida brought the cake to Queen Elinor. She hoped it would make her mother change her mind about the marriage. Instead, it changed Queen Elinor into a bear! Oh no! What had Merida done? Years earlier, a giant bear named Mor'du had bitten off one of the king's legs. Now Fergus heard a bear. He sensed a bear. Right away, Fergus knew a bear was in the castle! He tracked it up the stairs, around a corner, and down a hallway. Merida's mother was a bear. Her father was hunting her mother. Merida needed help! Merida's little brothers led Fergus on a wild-goose chase. The queen got away! To thank her brothers, Merida said they could have any treat in the kitchen. Uh-oh!' (The brothers come across the cake Queen Elinor had taken a bite out of.) 'Merida rushed back to the Witch's cottage. The Witch was gone, but she had left a clue: Fate be changed, look inside, mend the bond torn by pride. What did it mean? In the woods, Merida and her mother learned to work together. For the first time, they enjoyed each other. At last, Merida understood the Witch's clue. 'It's the tapestry!' she cried. 'Mend the bond torn by pride' must mean fixing the tapestry would make her mother human again! At the castle, Fergus spotted Elinor. He thought she was a wild bear! 'Mum, run!' shouted Merida. Fergus and the other men chased Elinor. Merida chased the men. Her brothers helped. They were bears now, too. They had eaten the spell cake! Merida had to fix the tapestry - fast! The hunting party closed in on the bear and tied her to the ground. Fergus raised his sword. But Merida stepped in and blocked his blow! She had saved her mother, just in time. Suddenly Mor'du appeared. When he turned toward Merida, her mother broke free from her ropes. She fought Mor'du - and won. The evil bear was crushed by a giant stone. Even though the tapestry was fixed, Elinor was still a bear. Merida threw her arms around her mother. 'I want you back, Mum,' she said. 'I love you.' At those words, her mother changed back into the queen! One day, Merida might be queen. But for now, there would be no more changes. Elinor and Merida had learned to love each other just the way they were."
I've wanted our grandchildren to experience the full realm of Disney movies - the "ancient" ones my husband and I grew up with, to the ones I took their own father to see, to the more recent ones... can't afford all of the DVDs, but Little Golden Books are giving them a nice taste! I LOVE the closing line... "Elinor and Merida had learned to love each other just the way they were." This is the final, most beautiful step in the mother/daughter relationship... total acceptance. Something to be celebrated, and how lovely to have this story condensed into 24 easy-to-read pages!
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Granddaughter and I read this book together [she just turned 2] and discuss why turning her mom...Read more