Not One Damsel in Distress

Not One Damsel in Distress

World Folktales for Strong Girls

By Jane Yolen; Susan Guevara (Illustrator)

Silver Whistle Books, Hardcover, 9780152020477, 128pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2000

These thirteen folktales have one thing in common: brainy, brawny, brave heroines--and not one damsel in distress From Bradamante, the fierce female medieval knight, to Li Chi, the Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent and saves her town, these heroines use their cunning, wisdom, and strength to succeed.
Drawing from diverse cultures around the world, renowned author Jane Yolen celebrates the smart, strong, and sassy heroines of legend and lore in a collection that will encourage bravery in every girl.

About the Author
Jane has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. Her books range from the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series to the Caldecott winning Owl Moon to popular novels such as The Devil s Arithmetic, Snow in Summer, and The Young Merlin Trilogy, to award-winning books of poetry such as Grumbles from the Forest, and A Mirror to Nature. In all, she has written over 335 books (she s lost count), won numerous awards (one even set her good coat on fire), and has been given six honorary doctorates in literature. For more information, please visit

Susan Guevara is the two-time winner of the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration for Chato s Kitchen and Chato and the Party Animals. About Chato s Kitchen, School Library Journal said, Guevara s striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.