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Goddesses and Heroines


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APHRODITE, Greece: the girl who created the world * ISIS, Egypt: the emo who flooded the Nile * HECATE, Greece: the whizz who put Zeus into a spin * INANNA, Iraq: the daughter who ruled the world * MULAN, China: the cross-dressing warrior * BABA YAGA, Russia: the notso-fair-y godmother * PARVATI, India: the mother of many names * MAYAHEUL, Mexico: the sleepyhead with infinite energy * NANGSA, Tibet: the teen who was forced to marry * OSUN, Nigeria: the missing link * AMATERASU, Japan: the sister no-one can live without * SIMORG, Iran: the bird who renewed the earth * BRIDE, Ireland: the shapeshifting ancestor

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Brings together the tales of thirteen inspirational female characters from ancient myths and legends.

About the Author

Xanthe Gresham-Knight is a British performance storyteller. Her clients include the British Museum and the Smithsonian, for whom she creates bespoke performances in response to their collections. She is Lecturer in Drama and Storytelling at the University of East London and the author of two books for children, Thumbelina and Princess and the Pea. Alice Pattullo is an illustrator and printmaker based in East London, with a special interest in folklore. Her work has been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and her clients include the V&A and the National Trust. She is the illustrator of An Animal ABC, Pride and Prejudice and the Pocket Guide series.


A wonderful source for children who wish to act out these legendary tales... Pattullo's elaborate cartoon-style drawings of the women and their related symbology will provide reach inspiration for costumes... [The] breadth and diversity make the book worth a purchase.
Lively, colorful, cartoon-style illustrations provide a strong and effective visual presentation... A carefully curated collection of stories that feature powerful, fantastical women.
A refreshing revival of timeless, magical women that will inspire readers to dream their own stories... This anthology offers accessible versions of the more popular stories... The strength of this collection of tales lies in Pattullo's colorful and quirky illustrations, which capture the cultural diversity with radiance and energy.

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