Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend Reading

The Irish Cinderlad
The Irish Cinderlad, by Shirley Climo.
Climo also wrote The Egyptian Cinderella and The Korean Cinderella.

In this tale, the cinderlad comes with the cruel stepmother and accompanying stepsisters, and he even loses a glass slipper boot.
The princess has to hunt each village to track him down, making all the other lads try on the boot.

Also, the fairy godmother is a he, a Magical Bull, who provides nightly feasts from his inner eardrum.
(Note to self: Get Magical Bull.)

 Chico, by Dan Andreasen.

Before she became the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor hung out with horses and cattle.

When she was 6, she said, "Ma, I'm going to ride Chico." 
And her Ma said, "Yup.  Just don't get bit by any rattlesnakes.  Or eaten by coyotes.  Also, be home by dinner." 

Her ma was a Free Range Parent.  

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map 
Basketball Belles by Sue Macy.

"Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady."

But she ended up playing hoops!  
In 1896, Agnes played intercollegiate basketball in a gymnasium entirely filled with women. Because men were not supposed to see women sweat.  

I will admit I liked this book better than Miss C.  
She thought it would be funny. 
And because it didn't have the phrase "poo poo head", it was not.  

Theme of weekend reading: cattle ranch girls are tough.
And Irish princesses are relentless.