Another great book featuring a butt kicking female character is Wild Robin by Susan Jeffers. this fairy tale is loose combination of my three all time favorite tales, Tam Lin, The Snow Queen and The Wild Swans. Robin was a wild boy and much to the annoyance of his older sister, Janet, he refused to do his share of the chores at their family farm. He runs away and falls in with the Queen of the Fairies and it’s up to Janet to save him.
The Paper Bag Princess is on my top ten list of favorite books of all time. Elizabeth is a typical princess in love with a prince named Ronald – unfortunately a dragon smashes her castle and carries off Prince Ronald leaving Elizabeth with nothing more than a paper bag. She puts on the paper bag and goes after the dragon to get Ronald back…only Ronald isn’t quite who she thought he was.
The Wild Swans is another hans Christian Andersen tale that I adore. It’s the story of a young princess and her eleven brothers who are cursed by their evil (of course) step mother. The boys are trapped in the bodies of swans by day returning to their human form at night. Their sister discovers the only way she can free them is to silently knit them all swears from stinging nettles. If she speaks, the spell will be fixed and they’ll be forever trapped as swans. Unfortunately, she gets tried as a witch and will not speak in her defense in order to protect her brothers.
Ah…Princess Smartypants. Princess Smartypants has no intention of getting married. Despite her dedication to remaining single, her mother lines up one prince after another, but Smartypants outwits them all in this delightful story.
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It looks like an excellent line up!
I have to read a book for my one-act that I’m in. It’s Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury. > I hate Faulkner. >My director told me to get excited about a different book, then.>I gleefully replayed Gypsy Girl’s Best Shoes in my mind (yes, I’ve memorized it)and couldn’t help but think of you, and your wonderful reading voice. >It made me miss my big sister a lot. >I’m thinking I might make you cwtch up on the couch and read to me while I’m home for Thanksgiving – it’s been that kind of semester.
About the Wild Swans thing. She knits them all “swears” from stinging nettles? You have to knit them? My swears just fall right out of my mouth. Maybe I’d be more eloquent if I stitched them up a little.>>But seriously, great collection. I second the vote for The Paper Bag Princess. Best. Story. Ever.>>Jim C. Hines is rewriting all the classic fairy tales with kick-butt heroines. They are sort of the Charlie’s Angels of princesses. They are YA. The first one, The Stepsister Scheme, comes out in January. I can’t wait.
I loved the Wild Swans too! I was thinking of that story a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t remember the title. Thank you!>>I also loved The Snow Queen:)
Congrats to Jen and family!
I loved Sister Madge’s Book of Nuns, by Doug MacLeod especially the story about the nun with a pet vulture – totally hysterical.>Helen
Great blog. Looks like you picked the keepers.>Have a wondrous evening, Ms. Bron.
SAdly I missed all of those, but now I know what to get Bug. They sound great and now I must know how they all end and begin.
The Paperbag Princess is our all time favorite too!!! Love that book. 🙂 Most times if I mention it, no one knows what I’m talking about. I should have known you would.
Hey Bron…I nominated you for the ‘I Love Your Blog’ award.