Author: Lari Don
Genre: MG Myths/legends
Published by: Bloomsbury Education
Publication date: 05/03/20
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I jumped at the chance to host a date on this blog tour, I love supporting Lari and this one was right up my street. I’ve always been fascinated by myths and legends and their origins so this tour was a no brainer for me.
Fierce, Fearless and Free is a collection of myths and legends featuring badass female protagonists from around the world. It was a delight to read, I had heard of some of the myths before, but most I hadn’t. I devoured this in one sitting before immediately rereading it. Some personal favourites include Goddess vs Mountaim, Nana Miriam and the Hungry Hippo and The Lace Dragon. I loved that not one protagonist was saved by a dashing prince or warrior, they went out there and saved themselves or their villages. The world needs more badass female protagonists.
This is such an important and inspiring book, especially for young children and definitely one I will be gifting. I highly recommend reading this collection.