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Flawed Heroine Leads Flawless Retelling
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
Every square inch of illustration is full of soul and detail. And the story is a pleasantly unique rendering of the original, as well. I would place this in a tie with P.J. Lynch's also-masterful illustrated rendition of this beloved European folk tale.
In this case, the Heroine is allowed to be have a flawed character, resulting in her character's turning point, rather than merely being fearful or curious. This allows her to have a character arch that is more inspiring - She doesn't wallow in her error, but seeks to make it right, rising above her former self. She doesn't just save the prince. She redeems herself, and yet not in an unrealistic completely self-reliant way. She journeys on the hope of help from kind supernatural beings, rather than the promise of it. That requires no little bravery and strength of will. Then, when in the hands of the enemy, she humbles herself and yet is also very cunning at the same time. So much depth in a female Heroine is not met often enough. This is a must-own for the collector of either fairy tales or Mayer's work.