Fiabe in rosso

(Fairy tales in red) Book not yet available in English


Thumbelina, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Little Briar Rose, and Rapunzel: the five protagonists of these famous fairy tales rewrite their stories, making courageous choices and changing the ending of the tales that you know.


Fiabe in rosso (“Fairy tales in red”) was born as a two-writer project, aimed to tackle violence against women and gender stereotypes. It refers to five traditional fairy tales with female protagonists, whose epilogue is changed here. Because every child should learn that her/his own story must not be taken for granted, and that there is not a single destiny, which has already been decided by someone else. Happiness doesn’t necessarily consist in finding a Prince Charming, but in finding one’s own way and place in the world. The stylistic choices of these rewritings are interesting, designed for children at the end of primary school. The colour red is used to link the different stories, citing the project “Zapatos Rojos” by Mexican artist Elina Chauvet. In fact, on the cover of the book you can see the red shoes of the protagonists. Roberta Rossetti’s illustrations create a collage of some details in red and some inserts taken from newspapers, which remind the real world and the news.

Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)

Author(s): Naia, Lorenzo

Illustrator(s): Rossetti, Roberta

Publisher: Verba volant

City: Siracusa

Year: 2015

Pages: 64

ISBN: 9788889122907

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: IT

Original Language: IT

Keywords: Empowerment, Positive role model, Princess/prince, Rewriting

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