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Selected and narrated by Alison Larkin, these are not tales of helpless females shut up in high towers who wait around for a handsome Prince to rescue them.
These are tales of strong, independent, brave, at times irreverent girls and women who take charge of their own destinies, often battling evil and convention to rescue themselves and others.
From Gerda in The Snow Queen to the less well known Mollie Whuppie and the Double-faced Giant, many of the heroines in these stories have been a part of folklore for hundreds of years.
Selected and read by Alison Larkin.
Title music by Gary Schriener and Curt Sobel.
Introduction by Alison Larkin
1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
2. Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Giant by Flora Annie Steel
3. A Pottle of Brains by Joseph Jacobs
4. Cap O’ Rushes by Joseph Jacobs
5. Hansel and Grethel by the Brothers Grimm
6. Mr. Fox by Joseph Jacobs
7. Clever Grethel by the Brothers Grimm
8. Kari Woodengown by P.C. Absjornsen
9. The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm
10. Felicia and the Pot of Pinks by Madame la Comtesse d’Aulnoy
11. The Iron Stove by Miss Mulock
12. The Hedley Kow by Joseph Jacobs
13. The Six Sillies by Monsieur Lemoine
14. Baba Yaga a Russian folk tale re-told by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano De Blumenthal
15. The Old Woman in the Woods by the Brothers Grimm
16. The Idle Spinner by the Brothers Grimm
17. The Twelve Brothers by the Brothers Grimm
18. Frederick and Catherine by the Brothers Grimm
19. Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm
20. Beauty and The Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont