Everything you need to understand or teach Favorite Folktales from Around the World by Jane Yolen.
Catherine is a very smart girl. There are many wives in the stories that either have no name or are there only to torment their husbands. Catherine is very smart and is able to outsmart the king. This is unique in fairy tales, myths and legends since often women were to be seen and not necessarily heard. However, Catherine is willing to speak out against her husband's judgments even though he is the king.
Catherine also seems to be kind and compassionate as is demonstrated when the man comes to her about losing his calf because his calf had cow tied to the man's cart when it gave birth. It is never stated but with the way that Catherine acts when her husband, the king, sends her home, it appears she may love him. She takes him with her when she goes...
Favorite Folktales from Around the World Lesson Plans contain 120 pages of teaching material, including: