Most of them have counterparts in other countries, which proves you can't keep a good story down. The title story, 'tatterhood', is a Norwegian version of the English 'Kate Crackernuts', with the ugly but bright sister rescuing the pretty, dim one and scoring a husband herself in the process. 'Neither naked Nor Clad' in which the girl appears clad in a fishing net to get around the king's arrogant demand, has many counterparts, even including a Jewish version. 'Bold But Not Too Bold', about a girl who is about to marry a sort of Bluebeard, appears in Grimm as 'the Robber Bridegroom'. In 'the Goosegirl', the smart peasant girl outdoes the princesses to win the prince. 'Whitebear' is a lot like the Greek/Roman tale of Cupid and Psyche.
The stories are very enjoyably told and don't hit you over the head with the message.
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