At a time when we need more stories for young girls in which a girl is the heroine who saves the day, it would not be possible to do better than The Snow Queen, retold by Sarah Lowe and illustrated by Miss Clara for young readers, 6-10 years old. This is an enchanting version of a favorite fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, and so exquisitely illustrated by Miss Clara (Clare Guiral, a French artist and illustrator) that I have given this little book as a gift to several adult girlfriends! The illustrations are extraordinary--the characters and animals and "props" (castles, sleds, cottages) have all been fashioned from papier mache by Miss Clara in a style that is delicate, miniaturized, and enchanting. In fact, when I first saw them, the thought that they were papier mache never entered my head. All I saw was a delicate foreign world in a soft, gorgeous palette of blues, greys, whites, with occasional dollops of red, orange, and gold. There is no way to describe with words the inventiveness of Miss Clara's tiny dolls and wolves and owls. They are delightful. The story itself is somewhat strange, as it was in the original by Anderson. This is a fairy tale which is entertaining for children but takes a lifetime to fully understand. This is the sort of literature we should be giving our children, a literature which contains meanings and values which are slowly re-considered and remembered throughout life....stories of magic and wonder illustrated by artists capable of such ethereal beauty and delight. This version of The Snow Queen is a treasure to keep and re-visit long after childhood has passed. Take a look, too, at The Twelve Dancing Princesses, also illustrated by Miss Clara. It is equally enchanting!