Re: McKinley: wild swans

From: Allison Feliciano <>
Date: Thu Feb 15 2001 - 14:18:42 PST

I read "Daughter of the Forest" last summer, and,
although set in Ireland, is the story of the girl
whose 7 brothers are turned into swans by the
stepmother, and she must weave shirts of nettles for
them without being able to speak. It follows the
original story pretty closely. I thought it was a
wonderful retelling of the story-I highly recommend
it. As a side-note, it's supposed to be the first in a
series of 7-I'm curious what the other 6 will be
about-maybe about the brothers? Does anyone know?


--- wrote:
> hello! i'm also interested in finding more
> retellings of the "wild swans" fairytale. amazon
> yields different results depending on whether you
> type in wild/6/six/7/ or "seven" swans, so it can be
> confusing! i think _daughter of the forest_ may be a
> retelling of an irish swan-transformation story, not
> the hans christian andersen story where the sister
> cannot speak, must weave shirts of nettles, etc, but
> i'm not positive about that... anyway, i haven't
> actually read most of these yet, but here are some
> options amazon has turned up:
> 1. _swan's wing_(actually i think someone on this
> list recommended this one, which picks up where the
> fairytale leaves off)
> 2. susan jeffer's illustrated _the wild
> swans_(amazing, no matter how many versions of the
> fairytale you've read)
> 3. _twelve wild swans_, by starhawk - supposedly
> contains some feminist pagan stuff, too,
> interspersed with the fairytale retelling, so i
> guess you could skip the parts you weren't
> interested in...
> 4. _the seventh swan_, by nicholas stuart gray; also
> recommended on this list in the past; also,
> apparently, picks up where the original fairytale
> left off, with the one winged brother
> 5. _the wild swans_, by peg kerr; apparently a blend
> of "real life" and fantasy?
> 6. on a past search, i thought i saw a book that was
> a humorous retelling of the wild swans(maybe along
> the lines of _ella enchanted_), but now i can't find
> it - anyone else have any info on this book? thanks!
> take care,
> cameron
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