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The Snow Queen Hardcover – 5 Nov 2007
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"Hans Christian Andersen's longest and best story... There is so much in this profound and beautiful tale that it can be endlessly re-read." The Times Educational Supplement"
A stunning illustrated edition of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, The Snow Queen. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Inside the crisp white and soft misty colours provide an enchanting accompaniment to this age-old tale written in the mid-19th century. This version seems true to the original with seven sections unlike the much abbreviated forms you usually find in picture book format these days. These are
Part 1 Which tells of the Looking-Glass and its Splinters,
Part 2 A Little Boy and a Little Girl,
Part 3 The Enchanted Flower Garden of the Old Woman Who Understood Magic,
Part 4 Prince and Princess,
Part 5 The Little Robber Girl,
Part 6 The Lapland Woman and the Finmark Woman,
Part 7 What Happened at the Snow Queen's Palace and What Took Place After That.
In a nutshell a child called Kaye's heart is pierced by a fragment of the devil's mirror which turns good to evil, beautiful to ugly. The Snow queen takes him away in her sledge, stunningly beautiful like the Narnian white witch, and keeps him in her freezing power. Kaye's close friend Gerda sets out to find him, journeying through her own varied adventures, and save him.Read more ›
As an earlier reviewer has already outlined the chapters of the story, I'll keep the plot brief. The story tells of a little girl's long journey to rescue her beloved friend from the palace of the Snow Queen and release him from the spell that has turned his heart into a lump of ice and alter his personality.
The high point of this particular version of the story is the stunning illustrations by Christian Birmingham. Of all the illustrations that I have seen of the Snow Queen herself, which tend to portray her as scary and evil, I think that he captures her extremely well, beautiful and haunting but not necessarily wicked. On the front cover of the hardback version, the jacket is covered in silvery snowflakes with a circle -representing the hot coin on the window, peering at the Snow Queen who is
"dressed in a gown of white gauze, which looked like millions of starry snow-flakes linked together. She was fair and beautiful, but made of ice--shining and glittering ice. Still she was alive and her eyes sparkled like bright stars, but there was neither peace nor rest in their glance."
You can see more of the illustrations if you google Christian Birmingham books illustrated.
Finally, this is not an abridged version like you would get with many children's books and as a result you will not be able to finish it in one sitting if reading to a small child. I would also like to mention that because it is translated by Naomi Lewis, you can rest assured that you are getting a faithful translation of the original story.
This book is suitable for ages 4/5 ( to be read to ) up to around 10 encouraging the imagination of all children to learn and wonder.
Maybe a little too grown up for my 4 year old (yet 'Shhhh! We have plan' by thd same illustrator for younger children) but that just means I get to keep it for now!
Will be buying lots as presents for friends I want to impress with my literary taste!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2nd Time I have purchased this book once for a friends son's christmas present and now my own grandson's christmas one to treasurePublished 3 months ago by karen greenall
It actually reminds me of some books from my childchood done the same way. but I do belive that the Snow Queen story is originally longer although I haven't read it in ages so will... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Romy
Beautifully illustrated and designed. Bought as a present but would love one for myself too.Published 8 months ago by K. Readman
Was not what I expected. The story is very different from what I was looking for.Published 10 months ago by MRC