A retelling of the classic Grimm tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves remains faithful to the original and is accompanied by full-color paintings.
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"Mirror, mirror on the wall,/ Who is the fairest of us all?"
This well-known entreaty by the evil queen is where any fundamental similarity between the Disney version of Snow White and this lovely interpretation begins and ends. Grimm's fairy tale is familiar, but the subtlety, respect, and mystery of this new version are unique, as are the depth of characterization and plot. Barrett's rich, gorgeous illustrations serve as a stunning backdrop to the reinvented drama, and contribute to the more sophisticated feel of this rendition. The seven dwarfs, for example, are not depicted as freakish slow-witted anomalies; they are simply small, kind men. One of the most haunting images of the book is of Snow White running through the dark forest, translucent white gown flowing, scratches from the brambles barely visible on her legs, wild animals racing along beside her as comrades and protectors.
This British author-illustrator pair also collaborated on the highly acclaimed Joan of Arc. Barrett's illustrations (also seen in The Emperor's New Clothes and other books) have an elegant, luminescent appeal, ideal for the romance of a fairy tale. Readers of any age will be mesmerized by the exquisite interweaving of Poole and Barrett's art. (Ages 5 to 10) --Emilie CoulterFrom the Back Cover:
"Echoing the central image of this classic tale of contrasts--good and evil, innocence and cruelty, youth and age, beauty and ugliness of spirit--Barrett's images unfold in a twilight world of ethereal beauty anchored by telling detail. Poole's version remains faithful to the original and enchants with its unassuming prose. This is a fairy tale in the grand tradition and an exemplary marriage of illustration and narrative."--Publishers Weekly
"A sophisticated version that could inspire discussion in an older audience as well as among primary graders."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A splendid work, with the flavor of eighteenth-century German Romanticism." --The Horn Book (starred review),a Fanfare Honor Book
"Graceful...intriguing...elegant."-- Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
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Book Description Red Fox, London, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 004884
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002594630