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Feminist Fairy Tales Paperback – December 6, 1996
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This book might be good for teachers (from 6th grade -> college level students) to illustrate how familiar tales can be retold, perhaps encouraging the class to do likewise.
The "alternatives" to traditional fairy tales (example: Snow Night/Snow White & Ala Din/Aladdin) are so poorly done I could barely bring myself to finish the story. The extremely naive view the author takes with human behavior makes the characters difficult to swallow, much less imagine.
The main thing that annoyed me about this book is that instead of showing women as independent and capable of being their own person, versus the traditional "damsel in distress," it reads like the women are puppets to merely shove the author's view points down your throat. Don't get me wrong, I agree with a few of the view points but even I would hate a person who tried to force it like this author does.
Something else that bothered me while reading this is the "subtle" nods to the original story. When someone does this you expect it to be light, again, SUBTLE, and amusing. The author fails to capture any of these qualities and instead ends up looking like that friend everyone has on Facebook who posts photos going "Like OMG LOOK AT THIS I AM SO AWESOME LOOK DAMN U!!!" <<<-- This is not subtle, this is not amusing, and this is most of all very annoying.Read more ›
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I can't wait to have grandchildren so I can read them these stories.Published 8 months ago by Holly
This might be my favorite book of all time. The illustrations are beautiful - so much so that I tore out and framed my favorite. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Amzie
Every woman needs this book! The fairytales you loved as a child taken to a deeper level with heroines that you will love. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Andrea
A great book for women. Shows that the female high of society is not as docile or dominated as the male side would have you believe. Great book for girls with low self esteem. Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by Carlen Tracy
I understand what Barbara Walker is trying to do, but it really didn't turn out very well. In an attempt to make classic sexist fairy tales more pro-woman, she simply turned them... Read morePublished on December 14, 2006
Telling fairy tales to young ones used to worry me. Should we teach that all a girl needs in life is to find a Prince Charming to make them happy? Read morePublished on October 3, 2006 by Reader X
It is nice book and we have it in Korea too.
This review was written by an 8th grade Korean female student. Read more
Really the only reason that this book isn't a waste of time is how mock-able it is. The points, all environmentally friendly and pleasantly peaceful, and driven in with a mallet so... Read morePublished on May 1, 2005 by Bella Loki