You Can Be Strong

Bonjour, mes amis!

It has been a long time since I last wrote. Thing is we’ve been very busy with school and work. I was working at our public library all summer and didn’t have time to do much else. As Mom has probably said we homeschool. I love homeschoolling!! 🙂

Now onto the books! I have two books to share today. One is one I got from BC Interlibrary connect, as you can see from the picture. Haha!

First up:  I AM PRINCESS X  by Cherie Priest.

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The two girls, Libby and May, come from tow different locks of life. Libby’s mom is from Japan and she’s a Model. May lives in a tiny apartment and has a Georgia accent.

One day, when Libby had a broken leg and May had a doctor’s note, the teacher exiled the two girls, who knew nothing of each other, to the little kids playground.

The two find sidewalk chalk and Libby asks the younger kids if they’d like to watch her draw. The younger kids are leery at first but soon are yelling out things for her to draw. A horse, a dog, a boat…then a haunted house. Then a person who live in the house. A princess. Libby draws a girl who wears a puffy sleeved pink dress, a gold crown and red chucks. She gives her a Katana sword and Princess X is born.

A couple years later Libby’s mom is driving them home one night, when the car careeens off the bridge and into the water. Everyone presumes Libby died, and Princess X died with her.

May is now sixteen. Alone and sad when she see’s a sticker in a window. The sticker is a drawing of a girl in a girl in a puffy pink dress, a gold crown, red chucks and a Katana sword….soon May see’s Princess X everywhere and finds a website IAmPrincessX.com There are strange connections to the webcomic and Libby’s death and only one person could have made them…..Libby, who lives.

I AM PRINCESS X is a great book with parts of the webcomic inside, so you can follow and find clues along with May. If you like mysteries…you’ll like I AM PRINCESS X!

Onto the next book!

This one is more of a book of short stories. It is called Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls  by Jane Yolen and illustrations by Susan Guevara.

Long ago and sometimes even now, the only heroes you hear about are normally male. How sexist right?! We’ve all heard about(or most of us)the Twelve Tasks of Hercules and others. What about the girls?!

This book is filled with stories of strong willed girls. They are from Greece, USA, Argentina,Japan, Poland, Romania and Scotland….sorry no Canadians…maybe soon! It’s great for boosting up our self-esteem as well as teaching younger girls and teens, like me, that we don’t have to be weak and play “the damsel in distress”. We don’t need a man to “save” us or need a man to always be there.

Examples of the tales are:

  • Atalanta the Huntress(Greece)
  • Brave Woman Counts Coup(USA-White River Sioux)
  • The Pirate Princess(Poland-Jewish)
  • Burd Janet(Scotland)

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I hope you have a lot of fun reading and I will try to get another book review written soon!

Au revior mes amis!

Yours most Book Dragonly,

Seren ❤

Mom note: In the back of Not One Damsel in Distress: World folktales for Strong Girls there is a “Note on the Stories” section where Jane Yolen explains more of where she found the Folktales.

Here are a few books she mentions:

  • Woman Warriors: A History by David E. Jones
  • West African Folktales by Steven H. Gale
  • The King of the Mountains: A Treasury of Latin American Folk Stories by Moritz A. Jagendorf
  • The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World by Ethel Johnston Phelps.

Seren and I hope you are enjoying the book reviews we have been writing!

❤ D

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