The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World

Ethel Johnston Phelps Lloyd Bloom

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The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World

The Maid of the North Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World The Maid of the North weaves together tales about a woman s right to freedom of will and choice In this collection of mostly nineteenth century folk and fairy tales Ethel Johnston Phelps s heroines s

  • Title: The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World
  • Author: Ethel Johnston Phelps Lloyd Bloom
  • ISBN: 9780805006797
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Maid of the North weaves together tales about a woman s right to freedom of will and choice In this collection of mostly nineteenth century folk and fairy tales, Ethel Johnston Phelps s heroines successfully portray women as being spirited, courageous and smart This type of heroine is not easily found in most collections in most traditional folk and fairy tales we eThe Maid of the North weaves together tales about a woman s right to freedom of will and choice In this collection of mostly nineteenth century folk and fairy tales, Ethel Johnston Phelps s heroines successfully portray women as being spirited, courageous and smart This type of heroine is not easily found in most collections in most traditional folk and fairy tales we encounter women are portrayed as being good, obedient, submissive, and, of course, beautiful These women and girls are resourceful they take action to solve a problem and use cleverness or shrewd common sense to solve the dilemmas they face.The tales themselves are part of an oral tradition that document a generation according to the values of the time Phelps has given these older tales a fresh, contemporary retelling for a new generation of readers, young and old She shapes each story adding or omitting details to reflect her sense of a feminist folk or fairy tale The twenty one tales collected represent a wide variety of countries approximately seventeen ethnic cultures from North America to Europe to Asia tell a story in which women play a leading or crucial role in the story.

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    1. Phayvanh on said:

      While the stories themselves are interesting, and the illustrations very evocative, the collection as a whole does not live up to the theme of "feminist" folk tales. The common theme here are stories featuring females (mostly pretty young ladies). Some are brave, some are resourceful. Nearly ALL of them go through their adventures only to become happily married in the end, forever after.There's my problem with it. Most of the stories end at the point of joyous marriage, just with all the regular [...]

    2. madsenmel on said:

      Not actually a "men suck, who needs them anyway" collection of feminist tales, but rather stories where the heroine has a larger role to play (as opposed to, say, Sleeping Beauty, who is unconscious for much of the story) or rescues herself, rather than needing a Prince Charming, or where the heroine helps the hero considerably. Don't get me wrong, I love all kinds of fairy tales, but it's nice to see some that don't follow the predictable Disney format. Although the author admits to taking some [...]

    3. Krista the Krazy Kataloguer on said:

      An enjoyable collection of folktales featuring heroines from around the world. Some were familiar to me from children's books ("East of the Sun, West of the Moon," "Duffy and the Devil," "The Old Woman and the Rice Cakes"), but most were new to me. I especially enjoyed the Native American tales "The Hunter Maiden" and "Bending Willow," and the Scandinavian stories "The Giant's Daughter" and "Finn Magic." As Phelps points out in her introduction, all the women in these tales are courageous, cleve [...]

    4. Lorraine on said:

      I reread this book, after not having read it for many years. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with fairy tales that have powerful women. No Sleeping Beauties or Cinderellas here, waiting for the handsome prince to rescue them. These women use their wits to solve problems, save their communities,and fight evil.

    5. Fiona Endsley on said:

      These tales are very beautifully and lovingly retold, "Fair Exchange" alone makes getting this book worthwhile. Though these stories are particularly beneficial for little girls to hear, anyone who enjoys a good story will find this a satisfying book.

    6. Sam Grace on said:

      So I recently reread it, but I cut my eyeteeth on it which is probably why I love it so much. That said, so many great stories that I now force my husband to suffer through before allowing him to fall asleep at night.

    7. HeavyReader on said:

      These feminist folks tales feature smart and spunky females; women and girls get the be the heroes here! Boys and girls should read these stories.

    8. Emelda on said:

      I was never huge into fairy tales as a child, but I think I would appreciated this collection greatly had I been. I can imagine these lesser-known and reworked traditional fairy tales are great for bedtime stories for younger children, and broken up enough to keep the attention of an independent reader to whom illustrations are not terribly important (in that not every story has one, they are nice in and of themselves). A great stepping stone for parents & children bored with the standard fa [...]

    9. Faye on said:

      I respectfully disagree with reviews that the stories weren't feminist. Almost every story featured a strong female protagonist who took charge of her circumstances and used wit, strength, or courage to solve problems. Many of the stories involve men messing things up and the women having to set things back to right. In various cases, women in relationships were presented as having superior capabilities to their partners, or as being respected within those relationships. I am thrilled to have th [...]

    10. Travis on said:

      Well ediited and very readable folks tales with female protagonists from around the world. Some of them may be debatably feminist, but they are good stories, features women in girls in the spotlight, usually being clever and strong. Worth having and reading. The diversity of cultures represented is also a plus.

    11. Joan on said:

      Various ethnic fairy tales featuring female characters. Mostly European origin.Suitable for molder children to read independently.I would use it as a compare and contrast male and female roles in stories with fairytales like Sleeping Beauty or Rapunzel

    12. Amanda Mic Perkins on said:

      Very fun, especially the Twelve Huntsmen and the Giant's Daughter.

    13. Lia on said:

      So nice to find folktales and fairytales about women. It's a good collection, fun and readable. Good stories.

    14. Lex on said:

      Loved reading folk tales I hadn't heard before. I also don't want my daughter exposed to many of the Disney fairy tales, so this is a great alternative

    15. Rebecca on said:

      A must-read for those who are tired of Cinderella and her passive friends.

    16. Stephanie on said:

      Interesting little collection of tales where a female always saves the day

    17. Kathleen on said:

      A beautiful collection of female-friendly folk tales. All featuring powerful female characters who decide their own fate. A great suggestion for children, boy or girl.

    18. Stephanie on said:

      I'll have to buy this one to read the stories to my children! They are all great!

    19. Kate on said:

      Though not feminist in the modern sense of the word (nearly all the stories end in a "successful" marriage), this collection of stories feature strong women using wits and magic to save the day, even when they are not the protagonist of the story. Some of the stories seemed fairly reworked by the author, so it's hard to get a gauge on how accurate the stories were (the author even admits to some creative storytelling). Quick read, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to kids these days.

    20. Cinci. on said:

      I expected women to be a little more than mere love interests, in a book that claims to be a collection of feminist folk tales. Although smart and fresh, the maids of the North (and South too, since most of the entries have nothing to do with Norse/Finnish folklore) failed the Bechdel test: they exist in connection with the men they are not always willing to marry.

    21. Nora Peevy on said:

      A wonderful collection of strong, independent female characters from around the world.

    22. Lisa Overberg on said:

      "What a woman desires above all else is the power of sovereignty - the power to exercise her own will" (p. 40). So discovers Sir Arthur in the English tale, "Gawain and the Lady Ragnell." This collection of folk tales features strong, independent female protagonists who possess the self-confidence to solve the dilemmas they face. Readers meet fearless maiden hunters, a brave but hungry woman who acquires a magic stirrer that produces unlimited food, and a heroine named Duffy whose dilemma recall [...]

    23. سحر محمود on said:

      يحتوى هذا الكتاب مجموعة من الحكايات الشعبية من أماكن وثقافات كثيرة حول العالم، يجمعها شئ واحد وهو أن أبطالها من النساء أعجبنى الكتاب ولكنه لفت نظرى إلى أن لدينا فى النوبة ومصر مجموعة من الحكايات الشعبية الرائعة لبطلات مميزات لا يعرف عنهم العالم الكثير بطلات ينطلقن من تراثن [...]

    24. Marie on said:

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading the fables and tales from this anthology. The feminist twist was very nice although I wish there had been more research done on how these tales were considered by the different cultures they were told in. Also the treatment of women in those cultures, aka the reality of the tales. All of the stories were absolutely fascinating, some I had heard before, others not, but they were all very well retold.

    25. Chris on said:

      This collection includes several tales that I have read elsewhere. While most of the tales have a line at the end of story saying that heroine married, becoming a wife is not the quest of these stories. The collection also shows different types of women doing things in different ways.

    26. Alexandra Chauran on said:

      This was a collection of myths, some of which I had heard, some which were new to me. Many of these focused on powerful female main characters. They weren't particularly well told. The best feature of this book is that the myths were from diverse cultures.

    27. Andrea on said:

      Wonderful tellings of folk tales with female characters in strong roles. Appropriate for middle grade kids. Great read-aloud.

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