Snow White, Rose Red and Other Tales of Kind Young Women

An enchanting collection of little known fairy tales about young women who prevail because of their kindness and compassion.

Snow-White & Rose Red save an enchanted bear from an ungrateful goblin.

Marushka is sent to find strawberries in the snow by her cruel step-sister but wins the help of the Twelve Months.

Ailsa climbs Mischanter Mountain to rescue her sister, armed with nothing more than her sewing kit and her parents’ blessing 4. Reinhilda outwits a witch and saves her sweetheart.

A kind henwife helps Morag find a home for her family with the help of a magic pot.

Agnes and a young Romany woman together overcome the curse of an enchanted cup.

Brigid honours a promise she made, even though it takes her to the underworld and back.

With an introduction by Isobelle Carmody, Snow White, Rose Red & Other Tales of Kind Young Women contains tales from Germany, Slovenia, Ireland and the Scottish Travellers. It will transform the way you think about fairy tales.

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Fairy tales are as old as language itself.       

All of the seven tales in this collection have one thing in common. They are stories of young women who face darkness and danger, but who prevail against the odds because of the brightness of their spirit and the strength of their resolve.

One outwits a giant and saves her sisters. Another stays silent for seven years and weaves cloth from nettles to save her brothers. Yet another holds fast to her beloved, despite all that the cruel enchantments the fairy queen casts upon him.

We hope these stories of bright young women will help you know that you carry your radiance inside you, and you have the power to illuminate the whole world.

The Buried Moon & Other Tales of Bright Young Women will transform the way you think about fairy tales.


For many young women, the only fairy-tales they know are the ones that have been retold by Walt Disney Studios.

Once upon a time, these stories of magical transformation were meant for young women as they grew away from childhood and towards adulthood. They were told by their mothers and grandmothers and the wise women of the clan as they spun and wove and stirred their pots and made their potions. The heroines of these old tales set out on a difficult road of trials to discover their true destiny. And, contrary to popular opinion, marrying a prince was not the only goal. These ancient tales of wonder and adventure are about learning to be strong, brave, kind and true-hearted, and trusting in yourself to change the world for the better.

Meet the brave young women from tales of yore …

Vasilisa who must try to outwit the fearsome witch Baba-Yaga.

Katie Crackernuts who sets out to save her sister from dark magic.

Flora, the gardener’s daughter, who marries a giant serpent to save a prince.

Fairer-Than-A-Fairy, a princess who is kidnapped by an evil one-eyed enchantress.

Lullala, in love with a prince cursed to be a lion by day and a man by night.

Rosemary, a Scottish lass whose baby is stolen by the wicked faery folk of the Sidhe.

Ursula, a princess replaced by a walking, talking automaton.

These are not your usual passive princesses, waiting forlornly for their prince to come …