Often the simplest changes can prove the most revelatory, and so it proves with Fransmann and Plackett’s revision of classic fairy tales where the genders of all the protagonists are swapped to reveal a completely new way of looking at traditional stories.
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, a King sat at a window and sewed. As he sewed and gazed out onto the landscape, he pricked his finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell onto the snow outside . . .
People have been telling fairy tales to their children for hundreds of years. And for almost as long, people have been rewriting those fairy tales - to help their children imagine a world where they are the heroes. Karrie and Jon were reading their child these stories when they hit upon a dilemma, something previous versions of these stories were missing, and so they decided to make one vital change..
They haven't rewritten the stories in this book. They haven't reimagined endings, or reinvented characters. What they have done is switch all the genders. It might not sound like that much of a change, but you'll be dazzled by the world this swap creates - and amazed by the new characters you're about to discover.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 980 g
Dimensions: 240 x 200 x 25 mm
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