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A fresh, dark and poetic retelling

We absolutely love this wonderful review of The Secret of the Tattered Shoes from Fairy tale News Blog!

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Now available in the UK (and coming to the US in Fall 2020) is a new and “poetically dark” retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (also known as The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces). Always popular among fairy tale fans, and often voted as “one of the fairy tales I wish Disney would animate”, there haven’t been as many retellings as one would think, though it appears to have gained notice again recently and we’re seeing projects bubble up using this fairy tale here and there…

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is from publisher Tiny Owl’s series One Story, Many Voices, in which authors and illustrators explore well-known fairy tales and folktales from different perspectives.

Made known to the next generation most recently via her award-winning illustrations for The Lost Words, (with writing by Robert Mcfarlane) Jackie Morris, an illustrator and author for many years, has put her writing to work and created a poetic retelling of the fairy tale.

Iranian artist, animator, and teacher, Ehsan Abdollahi, who uses handmade papers in his collages, has created beautiful and eye-catching puppet-like illustrations that Morris says captures her vision for the tale exactly as she meant. “The paintings are so beautiful. With the echo of birdsong in the feathers become leaves. The textures are wonderful, the characters just lovely. 

Abdollahi has created eye-catching, puppet-like illustrations


  • Watch the trailer for The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
  • Read Jackie Morris’ blog post about The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
  • Read an interview with author Jackie Morris

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