Rejected Princesses

Rejected Princesses

Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

eBook - 2016
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"A brazen, uproarious collection of illustrations of tough women both historical and fantastical-too awesome, too fierce, and sometimes too weird. These are not fantasy tales of blushing ingenues and happily-ever-afters. Here are the real unsung women of history, real and from literature, mythology and folklore. Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses dismisses the 'pretty pink princess' stereotype and profiles, through biography, imagery, wit, and humor, badass women throughout time and from all around the world. Warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and many more. Women of every era, ethnicity, class and orientation are pictured including a princess-cum-pirate from 5th century Denmark, a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, a Hungarian blood thirsty countess, and a former prostitute that commanded a fleet of 70,000+ men on the Chinese seas. In Rejected Princesses, Jason Porath presents the female role models we never knew we needed! Fun, feminist, and educational, Rejected Princesses commemorates unknown but captivating female heroes, proving that women have been kicking ass for a long, long time and always will. Who needs Cinderella when you have Rejected Princesses?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062405388
0062405381
9780062405371
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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I can't find the words to express my gratitude to the author for writing this book. These are stories that the world needs to remember, celebrate and pass on to the next generation. These women (and/or legends) have just as many flaws as qualities to praise, which is the beauty of their lives for me. They reflect the deep complexity of the human condition and have given me the types of heroes I never had as a strong-willed girl growing up.
~Alexa

AL_LESLEY May 28, 2017

What a great collection of both well known and completely obscure women throughout history. I am glad Jason Porath took it upon himself to compile all of these stories and people in such a fun and unique way.

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elizemr
Mar 24, 2017

What a fantastic collection of stories about some of the coolest women to walk the earth! I appreciate the variety of countries and historical periods represented, and the illustrations are great. Definitely recommended for teen girls looking to learn about women; the inclusion of a content guide makes it accessible for younger readers if parents want to limit their readings to the less problematic stories.

AL_KATI Mar 14, 2017

An absolutely gorgeously illustrated non-fiction book about booty-kicking historical ladies. Some salty writing keeps you laughing but learning. Highly recommend if you like history!

VaughanPLAlison Mar 09, 2017

So many brave and bold women from history with backgrounds that are a little too politically incorrect for a Disney movie. But these heroines get the full treatment here, their stories told in funny and accurate ways and each one is given a Disney-esque illustration. And since each story comes with guide markers for maturity ratings and any not-safe-for-kids subjects, everyone can find a story here that'll fit their girl power needs.

PimaLib_SierraG Mar 08, 2017

This book started as a few illustrators' inside joke "which princesses are too wild to ever be animated by Disney" and snowballed into a collection or some of the wildest, wittiest most outstanding women in history and mythology.

The art-style is fun and Disney-esque though definitely much darker in places. The writer does take precaution to try to organize each story so those reading to a younger audience can control which ladies should be introduced a little later on while still making sure that they are right there on the pages of history where they should be.

It is so fun to flip through these stories and illustrations to look and see how your favorite female role models are depicted and even more fun to open at random and jump into the life of some rebellious belle you've never heard of before.

Great introduction of historical figures for those who may not typically be nonfiction readers.

Simply an amazing book all around.

sarahfelkar Feb 14, 2017

A fantastic reference for people who love history! This book contains a series of entries on women from history who have done amazing, horrible or have otherwise lived interesting lives. There is representation from all over the world and covers heroes, villains, rebels, intellectuals, warriors, queens, and more. Each entry has a Disney-style illustration, as well as some content warnings and maturity level recommendations.

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HappyFern24
Dec 23, 2016

A wonderful introduction to some of the history's most talented women, many of whom have been ignored or forgotten. Complete with Disney-inspired illustrations the write-ups are short, sweet, and peppered with just the right amount of sarcasm. Be warned that the content in the last section is for mature audiences.

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