Clever Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales - Alison Lurie, Margot Tomes This short and very nice little collection contains stories that have girls doing things. In other words, stories about heroines, not heroes. While the sub-title, forgetton folktales, doesn apply to every tale (I've always loved "Kate Crackernuts"), it does apply to a good portion of the stories.Many of the stories are Scottish, Russian, or Scandivan in root. A few also sure siblings working together and in fact, feature the older child as heroine. If you have a young girl, I would say track this book done.If you like Shakespeare, this collection also includes the tale that is a a source for one of the lines in [b:Hamlet|1420|Hamlet|William Shakespeare||1885548].