Fairy Tales for Fearless Girls by Anita Ganeri- ARC Review

This inspiring collection of 15 stories from around the world showcases narratives that celebrate strong, independent women. These heroines aren’t reduced to being wives or witches! They run free and possess the qualities we would hope for in our daughters and friends: self-confidence, strength, wits, courage, fearlessness, and independence. They live freely, happily ever after, without restraint or narrowly defined roles. (taken from Amazon)

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book, in exchange for my honest opinion.

I adore fairy tales. I grew up on them, and firmly believe that you’re never to old for them. So, of course I was excited to read this collection. Some of the stories I already knew, such as Feng Mian, the Head of the Family, but many were new to me.

Alas, while I liked this book, I didn’t love it. I think the reason I enjoyed it but don’t feel the urge to gush is simply the arrangement of the stories in the book. The first two or three are incredibly similar, which diminished my enjoyment a bit. If they’d been spread out among other, different types of tales, I would have liked each one much better.

There were a few tales that I felt were much more interesting than others: Unanana and the Elephant being one. It follows a mom, first of all, and she’s both clever and determined. I could relate to her willingness to do anything to protect her kids. I also really liked Tatterhood and Dacia, which teaches a lesson about the importance of personality over looks.

Where this book really shines is in the gorgeous illustrations. After I finished the book, I went back through just to see them again. Khoa Le captured the feel of each story in a fascinating and original way.

Even though I didn’t love it, this book is still a worthy addition to any fairy tale collection.

4 thoughts on “Fairy Tales for Fearless Girls by Anita Ganeri- ARC Review

  1. This sounds like a really good book for if you do or don’t have kids! I love fairy tales as well and definitely don’t feel too old to watch a classic Disney film. It’s a shame that a few of them were so similar! I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

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  2. I love fairy tales and I adore the title of this! What a shame they just missed out on getting the arrangement right, I think I’d feel frustrated like you to find three very similar stories one after the other. I do love that they’ve taken stories from all around the world though!

    If you enjoyed Tatterhood, I recommend checking out KTShy’s comic of it over on deviant art – it’s wacky good fun and a really enjoyable adaptation: https://www.deviantart.com/ktshy/art/Tatterhood-Pg-01-379446025

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