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Women warriors : myths and legends of heroic women
Mayer, Marianna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations, map ; 29 cm
A collection of twelve traditional tales about female military leaders, war goddesses, women warriors, and heroines from around the world, including such countries as Japan, Ireland, and Zimbabwe.
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.8 5 Quiz: 19766.
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PZ8.1.M46 WO 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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PZ8.1.M46 WO 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.1.M46 WO 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From days of old, they have intrigued people all over the world: brave, defiant warrior women who stir imaginations, rouse passions, and often inspire thousands of followers. These fierce and fearless spirits are goddesses, queens, and peasants; they are children, young women, and adults in the winter of their years. From the story of Britain's proud queen Boadicea to that of the Sioux warrior Winyan Ohitika, Marianna Mayer re-creates twelve thrilling tales of war and bravery, bitterness and triumph. Twenty-four full-color illustrations and a map, bibliography, and annotated index are included in this striking anthology for all ages.

Author Notes

Marianna Mayer published her first book, Beauty and the Beast, at the age of nineteen. After college, she studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City. She eventually transitioned to writing. Her works include The Unicorn Alphabet, Marcel the Pastry Chef, Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, and The Adventures of Tom Thumb.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. This large-format book celebrates the courage demonstrated by women as warriors through stories from folklore and history. Chosen from cultures around the world, the 12 heroines whose tales are told here include Boadicea of Britain, Mella of Zimbabwe, Rangada of India, Semiramis of Assyria, Yakami of Japan, and Winyan Ohitika of North America. Mayer introduces each heroine and relates her tale dramatically in a few pages of narrative. Julek Heller has illustrated each story with a large, full-page painting and another smaller one. Colorful and well composed, the pictures provide visions of heroic women within distinct cultural traditions. Other woman warriors, whose stories could not be told in the book, are briefly identified in the index and on a handsome double-page map. Sure to please those who seek stories with strong women and a natural tie-in for fans of "Xena: the Princess Warrior." --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Twelve stories of heroines are told in accessible, rhythmic prose. The myths and legends derive from a broad cultural base, representing India, Africa, Japan, North America, and the British Isles, and tell of goddesses, military leaders, queens, tribal members, and others. Each three- to six-page selection is prefaced by comments on its origin and history and accompanied by a full-page watercolor painting showing the protagonist in action. The book includes an informative introduction, a pronunciation guide, and a map locating heroic females from around the world. These stories would be great for reading aloud or to begin a discussion on motif and derivation. Teachers might also like to introduce them in a comparative literature class as some of the tales are similar to other well-known works, e.g., the story of Yakami, a young Japanese girl who kills a sea dragon, parallels the ancient Chinese legend of Li Chi, which in turn resonates through the work of Lawrence Yep. A sound addition to folklore collections.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.