I love the idea behind the collection of stories – 7 in total.
A series of fairy tales about women who do not need to be rescued in the too often typical manner of a knight on a shining white horse. Pro-women fairy tales.
The whole collection was good. And as an adult, I thought the fairy tales were interesting.
And very well written.
And I loved the illustrations.
Personally, I’m just not sure about sharing them with my young child – at her current age. But I’m sure I will hand over the book in a couple of years. For example, The Weaver fairy tale deals with some dark themes – the woman is forced to be a concubine to the evil and cruel king. I don’t feel that is a conversation for a young child. Young Adult – yes.
And before someone points it out.
Yes, I am aware that many fairy tales are rather dark.
I don’t want to or mean to be negative. I liked the book. I thought it was a beautiful hardback edition filled with the type of fairy tales I would like to see more of.
Now, I am aware the image below might make some people cringe….
But we did colour in some of the beautiful artwork. And had fun while doing it!
What darkness lies in the past of a little witch, cursed into the shape of a giant?
As the silver moon rises, who will save a magical unicorn, imprisoned in the castle of a tyrant, or befriend an enormous clown who roams the world alone? Can a humble weaver find the courage to face a terrible monster? And what will be the fate of a powerful mermaid, at war with the world above her ocean? Join them and other enchanting characters in these haunting tales of illusion, discovery and love.
An exquisitely illustrated bedtime story for young readers (and perhaps some not so young), The Silver Moon Storybook weaves progressive and modern themes into touching fables full of the magic and shadows of traditional fairy tales.
Elaine Gunn has been writing more or less constantly since she first picked up a pencil in primary school. Years of unpublished literary genius languish in handwritten journals, high school English portfolios, corporate banking reports and various awful pitch documents full of impeccably-written digital marketing jargon. Her first published work, The Silver Moon Storybook, is a collection of feminist fairy tales, written as an antidote to the passive princess culture that she became horribly aware of when her children started watching telly. Elaine is also a reiki practitioner and Dr. Hauschka esthetician; you can check out her website at http://somethinglovely.scot.