Dragons, Ogres, and Blackbirds: Fairytales With Heroines by Maureen Evelyn Cote

By Maureen Evelyn Cote

This whimsical choice of fairytales explores a wide-range of dilemmas that confront girls from formative years to previous age. The heroines of those fairytales face betrayals that diversity from romantic unhappiness to parental betrayal to societal intrigue, yet they live on their ordeals in response to a mix in their personal spunk in addition to the ethical help of kindred spirits. The fairytales illustrate the stratagems through which the heroines withstand the manipulations of domineering people. The manipulations are expressed metaphorically as pigs, ogres, spiders, blackbirds, and dragons. The heroines' endurance in protecting the integrity in their hearts is assisted by way of fairy godmothers, magic wands and mirrors in addition to through precious woodsmen, smithies, and princes.

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