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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446585026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446585026
  • ASIN: 0446585025
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-This collection of folktales from around the world presents a range of tales that all feature strong women. While the majority of stories (7 out of 13) are European in origin, most are relatively unfamiliar. Only four of the tales, "Atalanta the Huntress," "Fitcher's Bird" (a Bluebeard/Mr. Fox variant), "Burd Janet" (a Tam Lin variant), and "Molly Whuppie," are likely to be recognized by readers. Yolen's retellings are consistently engaging and well written, whether she is dealing with the history of the White River Sioux in "Brave Woman Counts Coup" or "Nana Miriam," a culture hero of the Songhai of Niger. Ample source notes and explanations of Yolen's additions and changes are included as is a thorough bibliography. Unfortunately, the cover painting of a buxom girl on a ship seems much more suited to a "damsel in distress" collection than to these stories that eschew the helpless female. However, the interior illustrations are better.
Ellen A. Greever, University of New Orleans, LA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The title says it all: this is a spirited collection with a lively pace. Yolen's introduction, written as an open letter to her daughter and granddaughters, and her notes and bibliography frame the collection well. 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. So Yolen tells tales that may be familiar--among them, Germany's "Fitcher's Bird," related to "Mr. Fox and Bluebeard," in which the young Erna saves herself and her sisters from the clutches of an evil wizard. Other tales will be less well known: in a tale from Romania, Mizilca serves in the sultan's army in her sick father's place; and in a tale from Argentina, Maldonada's kindness to a puma and its cubs saves her. The stories sing and soar in Yolen's supple language, and each is contained enough for a read-aloud. Illustrations not available in galley. GraceAnne A. DeCandido --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This book is very easy to read. I tend to give up on novels that has a ton of difficult vocabulary. I'm one of those people who rarely reads, but this book got me hooked into reading books again. I just started reading a few pages, and it gave me a lot of though about my life even though Ellen gave a few pointers about her amusing life. I recommend this book for people who doesn't like to read. :)
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Ellen's third book is probably the best yet! From the cover (where she tells me I'm her favorite reader and she likes how I hold the book) to the inside cover (where I'm assured reading this book will help me lose weight and get healthier) to the chapter for kids with coloring pages, this book is awesome!! If you like Ellen, you will love this book!
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Format: Hardcover
Couldn't help but read this book in Ellen's voice! It was light, fluffy and funny... perfect for reading on the commute or just to give your mind a break. Don't expect literary genius from this.
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With a light heart I read this book before sleeping, it washes away my worries gets me in a relaxed mood.
And makes me giggle before sleeping.
Love it. Well written. When you hold it just feels really good. Yeh a feel good book!!!
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In my opinion, this book is akin to reading a great stand-up comedy routine. I actually bought it in the middle of a custody battle along with cps to keep my godson in our home and out of the abusive environment we were trying to protect him from going back to. Recommended homework for the 11 year old is 30 minutes of reading a night. He loves watching Ellen with me, so I bought her books. This is the first one he tackled, and 30 minutes of reading a night became a family activity. He read aloud to my husband and me and I never thought any of the humour became too adult for an 11 year old. It gave us many, many laughs during a stressful time. I always read reviews before purchasing any book and as soon as we started reading this book, I was floored by some of the negative reviews. Even though they are few and far between, now that we've completed the book, it still floors me that anyone would criticize her. "What is this book about?" It's about making you LAUGH!!!! If you want a great literary work to do book studies and join a book group, buy War and Peace or something along those lines. If you just want more classic Ellen DeGeneres humour and want to forget about your cares for a bit, buy this book! You will laugh, I promise. Ellen is a comedian, not an author, so of course the writing isn't going to be the same caliber as the great fiction writers, but that's not what we were expecting. She even makes fun of herself about it, during one of the many hilarious parts of this book. I don't review every book I read, and I read a lot. I review books I have a passionate opinion about. I rely on other people to help me making informed choices before wasting money, so I should definitely take the time to do the same for others. Not a waste of money or time. I'll be reviewing the next one we read.
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I found this book to be very entertaining. It does read like a "stand-up routine" but the insights that she shares both personally and generically are very interesting. Ellen delivers some food for thought with her musings. It's both funny and soulful.
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By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 20 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Every one on the planet knows who Ellen is and how funny she is. This book is everything you would expect it to be. Have to say though, at times I wasn't sure of she was taking the piss or not. I sure don't believe most of it any way. I think it was all for laughs, maybe I'm wrong, but at least the laughs were there. If you're looking for her personal life and 'real-life' moments, keep looking. You will be sorely disappointed if you're looking for a glimpse into her life or what makes her tick. This book is nothing but laughs and some insanity. That's entertainment though.
I flew through this pretty fast, because it was hilarious. It was exactly what I needed at the time.

3.5/5
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Format: Paperback
She says so herself in the book she didn't intend on writing a third book and it was apparent by her constant rambling and, I kid you not, blank pages or pages for colouring. She's funny on tv but not so much in this book.
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