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New UI Press book 'wakes' Sleeping Beauty

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A book from the University of Iowa Press is giving new meaning to the phrase "happily ever after" when it comes to the role of female characters in children's books.

"Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children's Novels," by Roberta Seelinger Trites, explores the use of voice in a wide range of books, including a number of multicultural and international books. The new book reconsiders feminism's effect on children's literature in a variety of ways.

Rather than waiting for her prince to come, the Sleeping Beauty in Trites' exploration wakes up all by herself, sets out to redefine the meaning of "happily ever after" and joins other strong female voices in feminist children's novels to generate equal potentials for all children.

The book is appropriate reading for classroom teachers and scholars alike.

Roberta Seelinger Trites is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University, where she teaches courses on children's and adolescent novels, picture books, and theories of children's literature.

"Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children's Novels" is available for $24.95 in cloth and $12.95 in paperback. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/

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