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Many of the most familiar fairy tales we know today – like Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty – were first written down hundreds of years ago by men. But they were told – most often by mothers and grandmothers – for centuries long before they were ever written. In the written stories the princesses all seem to be pretty helpless without a handsome prince to rescue them. Or the princes get to do all the adventurous stuff, like fighting dragons. But what if the fairy tales the men wrote down weren't the only story? Suppose the princesses weren't really as helpless as the male writers have led us to believe? What if the princesses could speak for themselves? Through the ten poems in "Is It Okay for Girls to Slay Their Own Dragons?" ten princesses do think and speak for themselves – and they invite readers to do the same. Each of the poems is followed by some questions readers can: · Think about and answer by writing in the book. · Talk about with friends. · Have a conversation about with a grownup. (In fairytales this is the wise old woman or fairy godmother who helps the princess on her journey.) The questions encourage readers to think for themselves about things like: · Is there ever a good reason to pretend to be something you're not? · Can girls be just as good as boys at anything they set their mind to? · Would the world be any different if women and girls always supported each other? · What does it mean to be a powerful girl? The book includes five traditional fairy tales in the written versions most of us know, accompanied by a poem from the princess with her side of the story. There are also five poems that challenge other kinds of conventional "princess-thinking" (memes) - like whether or not it's okay for girls to slay their own dragons.
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From the age of seven, Nancy Binzen has been fascinated by the power of imagination to bring light and air into the closed, stuffy room of consensual reality. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from Macalester College, she got a Certificate in Storytelling from Dominican University and a Doctor of Ministry from Wisdom University. In between she married, raised a daughter, and managed her own marketing communications business, producing numerous award-winning videos, magazines, annual reports, and other written materials for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Nancy leads storytelling workshops and maintains a private counseling practice incorporating myth and ritual in Marin County, California. She is the author of "Happily Ever After...Or Maybe Not?" and co-author of "Tuning In: Simple Rituals for Everyday Living." To learn more, please visit www.storypotions.com.
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Book Description Wisdom Tracks Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0990465020
Book Description Wisdom Tracks Press, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 62 pages. 11.00x8.50x0.15 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0990465020