Legendary Ladies Review
Title: Legendary ladies
Author: Ann Shen
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Throughout History comes this lushly illustrated book of goddesses from around the world. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality. Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home. Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. These powerful deities and many more are celebrated in gorgeous artwork and enlightening essays that explore the feminine divine and encourage readers to empower themselves. Ann Shen's signature watercolors make Legendary Ladies a unique, gift-worthy homage to the mighty women within.
A wonderful introduction to the amazing legends and myths from around the world! The stories were short and detailed and the pictures were stunning! I love mythology, I studied it in college and will read pretty much any book I can find that features the subject. I can tell you with confidence that this is a great book to introduce kiddos to the wonderful world of mythology.
***Be warned- Shen does not shy away from the facts. These stories do deal with rape, killings, and some unpleasant endings. I know that will be too much for most younger kids but I have to commend Shen by not blurring the truth. These stories have gone unchanged for thousands of years and can be used as a great teaching tool. Which for most of these stories, was the purpose.***
Each Goddess gets a beautifully rendered drawing with a little synopsis about her and her life. I’m in my 20’s and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories. I have Shen’s other books, Bad Girls Throughout History, which has the same set up as Legendary Ladies but Bad Girls Throughout History is a little longer and tells the stories of famous (or ignored) women who weren’t afraid to be themselves and defy the standards.
Both books are just marvelous! Along with being educational (which you don’t need to tell the kids that) they are fun and sooo interesting. I recommend them to anyone who will listen to me.
Legendary Ladies shows that humans have common threads in their mythologies. It is so fascinating to see how so many cultures and religions are so similar and yet so different. I truly can’t say enough about how much I loved this book!