Based on the lives of real heroes, this collection of tales has strong female leads going on exciting adventures, overcoming the odds and taking on powerful villains. From rocky mountain passes to hidden houses in the woods, these tales support the notion that anyone can be anything with a little knowledge and a lot of bravery.
Little Feminist Folklore,is more than dragons and talking spiders and castles in the sky (though this magic is an important ingredient). By sparking children’s imagination, these tales encourage children to reach higher, think deeper, and live more compassionately. The tales show humans rising above that which is expected of them and in doing so, raising the mountain higher for others to get a better view.
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”J.K. Rowling
Malala Yousafzai – The Last Book on the Mountain
Malala is a Pakistani Activist who fights for girls around the world to have education. When Malala was 11, the Taliban occupied her town in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan. They imposed many new laws. Girls were no longer allowed at school. Malala would not be put off, she spoke out against the Taliban and carried on attending school. In 2012, Malala was attacked by a gunman on the bus home from school.
Malala survived the attack and was taken to hospital in the U.K. She made a full recovery and was the youngest ever person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Alongside her father, who had always encouraged her, she founded the Malala Fund, a charity that aims to provide every girl the opportunity for the future she wants.
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.”
Malala’s real life tale has been transform into a tale of a girl called Wisdom, who must take on a dragon, a mountain and claim back the books she loves so well. With a special gift from her father, Wisdom will liberate the town from the dragon’s control. The Last Book on the Mountain is a celebration of bravery, imagination and the right to be educated.
Irena Sendler – Violet & The frost GIants
Irena was a humanitarian, social worker and nurse who served in the Polish Underground in World War II in German Occupied Warsaw. Under the code name ‘Jolanta’ (the Polish version of Violet), she saved over 2,000 Jewish children by smuggling them our of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Irena gave the Jewish children Christian names and left them with Christian families and orphanages. She then recorded the children’s identities of pieces of paper, stored the lists in jam jar and buried the jars across the city. Irena was captured by the Gestapo and escaped execution. She lived into old age and was honoured with many humanitarian awards both in her life and after she died in 2008.
Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.Irena Sendler
Irena’s story is retold in the folktale Violet and the Frost Giants. When Violet’s land is taken over by Frost Giants with a taste for children, Violet hides them deep in the forest. When Violet is captured and taken before the King of Frost Giants, she hatches a plan to save the children and destroy the giants. This story celebrates compassion, quick thinking and that no matter what your size is, you can overcome giant obstacles.