These stories are fun and a good starting point for discussions with children. They are short and to the point, but unfortunately (for me) tend to lean a bit (particularly in the author's rather unnecessary intro to each story) towards the pagan symbolism/woman as life-giver/goddess/christianity-stole-our-rituals! side of things rather than social commentary. I understand that fairy tales aren't bastions of realism, but as an atheist feminist, the religious overtones were a little bit jarring. I'd would have preferred a little bit more practical magic! Still, overall they were entertaining and worth the money.