Title: The Girl Who Became a Goddess
Author: Theresa Fuller
Genre: Fiction, Folktales
Publisher: Bare Bear Media
Date published: May 19th 2019
Page Count: 160
The Girl Who Became a Goddess is more than just a book of fables, it is a tribute to the childhood stories of someone who has experienced multiple cultures and learned to love them all. These are tales passed on from generation to generation, some to delight, some to terrify, all to enlighten. As a girl, a mother, and a teacher, Theresa Fuller retells her favorite folk stories through the lens of her own life experiences in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, putting a unique spin on ageless classics.
A foolish animal discovers that the Rain forest is a dangerous place.
A ghostly boogeyman haunts a fishing village.
A beautiful princess learns that words have power.
A young boy is willing to sacrifice everything for his family.
A woman must decide between the man she loves and the human race.
**Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review**
The Girl Who Became a Goddess is a compilation of many stories and fables that take place in Asia. When I heard about this book, I was really excited to request it. And I mean, look at the gorgeous cover. How could you not want to pick it up?
As a Chinese Canadian, I knew a few folktales from China, but I wanted to explore more stories around East Asia. In addition, it was nice reading the few that I was familiar with and see how Fuller’s version differed from the ones I grew up with.
Some of the stories were quite short (just 3 pages) while others were very long (half the book). I definitely found that some stories were more interesting than others. Personally, I kind of wished that Teresa had added more flair to the writing and plot. There were times when I felt like the story was delivered bare to the bone with all plot and no sustenance, and a bit of description and detail could have gone a long way for the stories.
Overall, I really enjoyed the concept and diversity that this book had. I believe this would have done more nicely as a children’s book of Asian fables if Fuller compiled even more stories and added in some illustrations.