On the day after International Women’s Day, it seems only right that I be posting a review as part of a blog tour for a book that celebrates young women in myths and folk lore from around the world.
If there’s ever a book to place in the hands of the next generation to get them fired up about their own capabilities, it’s this one. Each story is an easy length for younger readers and the illustrations at the beginning of each tale are just gorgeous.
There are tales of girls outwitting opponents that are bigger, stronger, older than them. There are stories of girls saving their villages. There are stories from places close to home, like Scotland, or far afield, like Ecuador. In short, there is something for every bright young mind.
My particular favourite was Nana Miriam and the Hungry Hippo, a tale from Nigeria. A magical hippo comes and devours the crops of the farmers. Nothing works to drive it away, not dogs or weapons, but the daughter of the local magic man manages to send it away.
What I really liked most about this collection is the addition of notes at the end for each story, detailing where Lari first heard the tales and encouraging you to seek them out yourself.
I hoard books like these currently to give to my niece when she’s old enough. This is definitely getting added to my pile.
Release Date: March 5th 2020
A brilliant, inclusive collection of traditional tales from around the world featuring amazing women and girls. Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who – no, that’s not right! Once upon a time, there were strong, fierce women who plotted, schemed, took action, showed kindness, used magic and trickery, and made their own destiny. From the long-haired Petrosinella who escaped the tower and broke the spell that the ogress had cast over her and Nana Miriam who beat a hippo using politeness and magic, to Kate Crackernuts who tried to save her stepsister from her mother’s curse, these are stories of girls doing it for themselves! With stories drawn from all over the world, including China, Scotland, Armenia, Italy and Nigeria, Lari Don presents heroine stories that don’t leave girls sitting around waiting to be saved by the handsome prince.
About the Author
(Biography from Goodreads)
I’m a children’s writer based in Scotland, and most of my fiction is inspired by the Scottish landscape and local legends. I love writing fantasy adventures for 8-12 year olds, including the Fabled Beast Chronicles and the Spellchasers trilogy, but I also love creating stories for other age groups.
I’ve gone darker and more dangerous in my YA thriller MindBlind.
And I’ve worked with amazing illustrators on picture books, including a retelling of the Scottish tale of the kelpie, The Secret of the Kelpie, with gorgeous pictures by Philip Longson, and a new fable about Nessie, The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster, with fabulous artwork by Nataša Ilinčić.
I’ve written collections of myths and legends, including heroine tales from all over the world in Girls Goddesses & Giants, and Scottish tales in Breaking the Spell and Viking saga tales in The Dragon’s Hoard, both illustrated by the wonderful Cate James.
I’m passionate about sharing old stories, creating new ones, and inspiring new young readers and writers. And I’m writing more adventures and retelling more myths, right now!
But I’m also reading… I read a lot of non-fiction, because a lot of my fictional ideas are inspired by folklore and history. I also read a lot of children’s fiction, because kids get all the best stories! And sometimes I remember how old I am, and read books for adults.
I also love discussing books, and answering queries about my books and stories, so please do get in touch. You can chat to me here on Goodreads, or through my own website, http://www.laridon.co.uk, or find me on Twitter @LariDonWriter, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laridonwriter, or Instagram: laridonwriter Have fun reading!