The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales

(1 customer review)

What if Beauty stood up to the Beast, the Princess never tried to sleep on the pea (and wouldn’t have noticed it if she had), and the Swan Maiden took her revenge on the hunter who kidnapped her?

The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales is a retelling of nine traditional fairy tales with a feminist twist.

Fairy tales open up new worlds full of enchantment and adventure, but many of these traditional stories also reinforce rigid gender roles and norms, perpetuate stereotypes, and lack diversity in their characters.

In The Adventurous Princess, the charm, whimsy, and magic of traditional fairy tales remain, but the diverse characters challenge stereotypes about who they should be or how they should act, stand up for themselves, and shape their own futures.

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Book Details

Weight 200 g
Dimensions 210 × 297 mm

60 pages






Fairy Tales, Illustrated Fiction

Release date

5 March 2019




Publisher Obscura

About The Author

Erin-Claire Barrow

Erin-Claire Barrow

Erin-Claire Barrow is an author and illustrator originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. She paints in watercolours to create whimsical scenes, storybook illustrations, and bring to life the strange creatures of fairy tales and folklore. Erin-Claire is always on the lookout for ways to combine her passions for art and equality, and is particularly interested in how art can be used to raise awareness of social justice issues.

In 2018, she spoke at TEDx Canberra on retelling fairy tales for our diverse, modern society to challenge stereotypes and encourage young people (and especially young women) to see themselves as the heroes of their own stories.

1 review for The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales

  1. Nicole Joseph

    Loved it!
    Barrow strives to challenge familiar and established fairty tale stereotypes and she does just that in this book!
    Recognizing that these classics do not cater to the diversness of todays communities, Barrow places her own charming twist on these loveable stories and their characters.
    Themes such as, it is ok for women to be strong and intelligent and men the ones needing to be saved/helped here and there, is throughout. A refreshing and colourful perspective I thoroughly enjoyed.
    Barrow throws out the standard conventions of what a “beautiful” princess looks like and instead, portrays a myriad of different races /colours/ glasses-wearing heroines through her illustrations. I thought this amazing, inclusive and appropriate for our todays readers.
    Thank you Erin-Claire for the wonderful read! I recommend this book for all readers both, boys, girls, young, and old.

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