Female Folk Tales

Clever Beatrice

By Margaret Willey

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A small, but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold. Suggested for ages 5-9.
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The Rough-face Girl

By Rafe Martin

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In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being. Suggested for ages 6-10.
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Fiesta Feminina : celebrating Women in Mexican Folktale

By Mary-Joan Gerson

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A collection of folktales from various cultures in Mexico, all focusing on the important roles of women, such as Rosha, a young girl who rescues the sun; the goddess Tangu Yuh; Kesne, a Zapotec princess; and the Virgin Mary. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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The Serpent Slayer : and Other Stories of Strong Women

By Katrin Tchana

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A collection of twenty traditional tales from various parts of the world, each of whose main character is a strong and resourceful woman. Suggested for ages 6-12.
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The Girl Who Married the Moon :

By Joseph Bruchac

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16 stories featuring strong Native American heroines. Suggested for ages 10-12.
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Swamp Angel

By Ann Isaacs

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Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee. Suggested for ages 7-12.
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Thunder Rose

By Jerdine Nolen; illustrated by Kadir Nelsen

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Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado. Suggested for ages 5-8.
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Steam-Boat Annie and the Thousand Pound Catfish

By Catherine Wright

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An ornery giant catfish that does not like singing causes trouble for the residents of a little town called Pleasant, until Steamboat Annie teaches him a lesson. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Not One Damsel in Distress : World folktales for Strong Girls

By Jane Yolen

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A collection of thirteen traditional tales from various parts of the world, with the main character of each being a fearless, strong, heroic, and resourceful woman. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Her Stories: African American Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales

By Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

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Winner of the 1996 Coretta Scott King Award, this book collects stories about strong, Black women. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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