Rimonah of the Flashing Sword: An African tale, adapted by Eric A. Kimmel
"This story is interesting because it shows two peculiar things. First it's an example of the phenomenon of remarkably similar stories being told in seemingly unrelated regions (of the world). For example, here we have a story amazingly similar in detail to the European story of Snow White, but from a completely different county - in this case North Africa."
"The second ( pecular thing) is that the heroine in the story . . . yields highly from Middle Eastern sources. The heroine is not only the center of the story, but is a militant character both matching wits and swords with her male contemporaries. This shows that even in repressive countries women have left their mark on legends and culture around the world." Reviewed by an anonymous teen, who dropped his review by the Central Library a few days ago. Thank you!