La aventura de Cecilia y el dragón
(The adventure of Cecilia and the dragon) Book not yet available in English
Cecilia wants to see her dream come true. She wishes with all her heart to see a dragon, until one day…
The book breaks all stereotypes involving dragons, except for the medieval settings. The protagonist is not a princess but a working-class girl who helps her parents to spin wool. Far from the passive role which is frequently assigned to princesses, who tend to be abducted by a dragon and later rescued by a knight in shining armor, Cecilia confronts the large lizard-like creature that holds her captive by wielding her intelligence and endless bravery, not a sword and gauntlet. In addition, her pragmatism and resolution help her save the day: she starts her journey with a loaf of bread and some cheese, following a map that will lead her to the dragon. At this point, one is reminded of the maps and illustrations which are so typical of Tolkien’s books. The fact that she achieves her goal of saving another girl from the dragon’s grasp, added to the many adventures that both children go through together, speaks volumes of female empowerment, as they gradually become more autonomous and decide which path to take. A prince? What for? The dragon stands for smug, conceited and male chauvinistic attitudes. As Cecilia draws nearer, the creature believes that a knight, and not a little girl is coming for him. This intelligent little girl, however, defeats the dragon and emerges victorious.
Edited by: Research Centre Anilij (Spain)