Mirror, Mirror by Jane Yolen
Forty Folk Tales for Mothers and Daughters to Share

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An award-winning author and National Book Award nominee brings a celebration of mother and daughters around the world

Jane Yolen has long been hailed as one of the finest authors in storytelling today. Her bestselling children's books, along with her anthology Favorite Folktales Around the World, have garnered her critical acclaim and awards for two decades. Now, she teams up with her daughter in Mirror, Mirror, a rich and diverse--and very adult--celebration of the mother/daughter bond that spans generations and cultures.

In this collection of forty folktales from the well-known "Snow White" (Germany) and "Cinderella" (France) to the the lesser known "Mirabella" (Portugal) and tales from Sudan, Palestine, Africa, China, and Italy, Mirror, Mirror pays tribute to every kind of mother/daughter story. We meet strong mothers, obsessive mothers, doting mothers, and the quintessential wicked stepmothers. Complete with a personal commentary from Yolen and Stemple that accompanies each group of tales, Mirror, Mirror is perfect for mother/daughter reading groups and the ultimate gift for Mother's Day and all year-round.

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award. Poet, novelist, storyteller, and picture-book author "Jane Yolen" has won five awards for her body of work in children's literature: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children Award, and the Anna V. Zarrow Award. Her many books include "Owl Moon, " which won the Caldecott Medal, "Moon Ball, " and "Where Have the Unicorns Gone?" Her daughter, "Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple", has worked as a parole officer and a private investigator, and wrote "Meet the Monsters" with Jane Yolen. The two also collaborated on "The Wolf Girls: An Unsolved Mystery from History" and "The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History." Jane and Heidi both live in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit the authors at www.JaneYolen.com and www.HeidiStemple.com
Published April 10, 2000 by Viking Adult. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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With more than 200 books to her name, popular storyteller Yolen (editor of Favorite Folktales Around the World) can be forgiven for one that doesn't quite measure up. The subtitle notwithstanding, thi

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Check the wood storks by the grass.” In “Jaws x 2 x 80,” an alligator's jaws are seen twice, “One pair/ is real,/ and one/ a reflection./ But I'll never/ give either/ a closer/ inspection.” The book's design—poem across from photograph, with bands of solid color along opposing edges—mimics the ph...

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Some stories are unnerving, like ""Daughter, My Little Bread,"" an Indian tale about a newlywed who kills her mother and then is killed by her husband, while the Lebanese tale of self-sacrifice, ""The Mother,"" is heart-warming in the best sense.

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