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Not One Damsel in Distress

Heroic Girls from World Folklore

These fifteen folktales have one thing in common: brainy, bold, brave women — and not one damsel in distress! There is Bradamante, the fierce medieval knight; Li Chi, the Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent and saves her town; Makhta, a female warrior who leads her Sioux tribe into battle; and many more women who use their cunning, wisdom, and strength to succeed.

Drawing from diverse cultures around the world, renowned author Jane Yolen celebrates the female heroes of legend and lore in a collection that will empower every reader. This new edition features two brand-new stories from Azerbaijan and Indonesia, and enhanced illustrations.


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"The title says it all: this is a spirited collection with a lively pace...Like a bezel that holds a gem, her beginning and ending pieces remind us that girls know how to be heroes (but that boys need to know it, too) and that every time and culture has stories of female heroes that need to be heard again and again." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Jane Yolen
Illustrator Susan Guevara
ISBN 1328900207
Publication Date May 1, 2000
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books
Language English