One for the ladies... well two
Neither of these is about bushcraft but both have spirited female 'leads' and a taste for
adventure and I'd highly recommend them to anyone with daughters. I've no idea if boys
would enjoy them to be honest - the stories are good but they might be put off by the
She, The Adventuress by Dorothy Crayder
Set in the late 60s or early 70s Maggie is a young girl whose aunt pays for her to
travel from America to Italy by sea. She starts of terrified but - lo and behold! - she
finds her feet (and her sea legs) en route and learns to fend for herself.
Unfortunately it appears to be as rare as hens' teeth, but worth a read if you can
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr
Written in the mid 50s it's the story of Polly who finds that the local wolf will stop at
nothing to try and eat her and her little sister. Both outsmart him on every occasion
and there are some delightful bits of dialogue. In one scene Polly is using cherry
stones to work out her future when the wolf comes along and asks about the
rhymes she's using. She tells him about the "Monday's child is full of grace" rhyme
and the wolf mentions that wolves have their own rhyme to tell them how children
should best be cooked, which is:
Monday's child is fairly tough,
Tuesday's child is tender enough,
Wednesday's child is good to fry,
Thursday's child is best in pie.
Friday's child makes good meat roll,
Saturday's child is casserole,
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day,
Is delicious when eaten any way.
"Ah well that's the trouble you see, only last week the doctor
said I wasn't even to look at another knapped flint."