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Not a Princess, but (Yes) There was a Pea, and Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution

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Image of Not a Princess, but (Yes) There was a Pea, and Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution
  • Image of Not a Princess, but (Yes) There was a Pea, and Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution
  • Image of Not a Princess, but (Yes) There was a Pea, and Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution
  • Image of Not a Princess, but (Yes) There was a Pea, and Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution
  • Image of Not a Princess, but (Yes) There was a Pea, and Other Fairy Tales to Foment Revolution

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ONCE UPON A TIME, WHAT IF...

What if the Sleeping Beauty left to make her own life?
What if Bluebeard’s wife seized the opportunity for justice?
What if the witch truly loved Rapunzel?
What if Snow White learned the virtues of right rulership from the dwarves, and Jack learned wisdom from the giants?

In this provocative collection, Rebecca Buchanan (author of Asphalt Gods) re-examines classic fairy tales from Mother Goose, Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and other sources with a sharp and modern eye, deepening the impact of the original tales and often inverting the perceived moral. These re-imaginings show us not-so-noble frog princes, environmentalist knights, wicked witches revealed as wise women, the cynical politics of fairy godmothers, and unexpected humanity in the hearts of monsters.

Dig Deeper
Twist The Tales Around
Fairy Tales Are Revolutionary

Illustrated throughout with classic art by Harry Clarke, Walter Crane, Gustave Doré, Albrecht Dürer and others.

“. . . beautifully rich imagery and twists you won’t see coming . . . there’s both pain and triumph in these fairy tale renderings, where villains are the heroes and heroes more complex than you could ever imagine. Don’t try to put this book down once you start it. Instead make yourself comfortable and settle in. It’s quite a ride.” —GERRI LEEN, Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominated poet

Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 inches - 170 pages - Illustrated

CONTENTS:

Author’s Note
Source Tales

Beware the Goose Mother
After the Kiss
The Ashes of Her Feet
As the Mirror Sees It
The Bone Tree
The Cobblers
Consequences
the dark above
The Daughters of the King
Enchanted Forest News
The Flower Bride
The Frog
The Giant’s Widow
Gold
The Green Knight
Into the Woods
Jack and the Four Giants
The Last Wife
Matches
Not a Princess, But (Yes) There Was a Pea
Pigs and Wolves
The Secret of the Cat’s Success; or, Lying Is Easy, Just Tell Them What They Want to Hear
Seven
The Sisters and the Knife
the slippers
Spindles
The Spinner of Wonderful Things
Swans’ Song
A Tale Told in Five Voices, or The Twelve Dancing Princesses Retold
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe: An Analysis, with “Questions”
we, the dancers
The Witch in the Woods
The Witch, To Her Daughter Rapunzel
The Wolf’s Tale

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