Fierce, Fearless and Free: Girls in myths and legends from around the world
By (author) Lari Don; Illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon
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.
Lari Don spent ten childhood years living beside a distillery, a river and a railway line, giving her lots of opportunities for incredibly dangerous outdoor games. She was the Scottish National Party’s Press Officer for many exciting and sleepless years and then a researcher and producer at BBC Radio Scotland. Lari won the Canongate Prize in 2001. She now lives in Leith, and is a full-time children’s writer and storyteller.Eilidh Muldoon has an undergraduate degree in Art History and went on to study MFA illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, where she returned as Illustrator in Residence the year after graduating. She now teaches illustration part time at the college and works freelance from her wee studio. Much of Eilidh’s work is inspired by the city of Edinburgh and even though she grew up there, she never tires of exploring the streets, drawing the buildings and people she sees.