She is really Alexandra the clever, as she and her husband no sooner wish themselves into possession of 100 hungry children than-with a show of fake strength--she cons a ferocious dragon into buying his safety with seven-times-seven-times-several sacks full of gold. And for driving off the dragon Alexandra is rewarded by a grateful shepherd with a substantial supply of livestock. Aside from the calculable feminist appeal there's nothing compelling about Alexandra or her story, though Van Woerkom tells it with dexterity. Hoffman's eclectic illustrations are sometimes clever, sometimes decorative, but mostly just distracting. Additional.