'Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?'
the mirror answered,
'Queen, you are full fair, 'tis true, But Snow White is fairer than you. '
When the wicked queen orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the forest, kill her and bring back her heart as proof, he is so taken by her beauty that he spares her. Venturing into the depths of the forest, Snow White finds a little house belonging to a family of dwarves who take her in. However, when the queen discovers that Snow White is still alive she is furious and again takes up her mission to do away with fairest maiden in the land.
This is a fresh and enchanting retelling of a classic children's story with breath-taking illustrations.
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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 characterisation 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 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 mesmerised by the exquisite interweaving of Poole's and Barrett's art. (Ages 5 to 10) --Emilie CoulterAbout the Author:
Josephine Poole was born in London. Her first children's book, A Dream in the House was published by Hutchinson in 1961, after the birth of her second child, and she has continued to published highly acclaimed children's book ever since. She lives in Somerset with her husband. Angela Barrett studied illustration at the Royal College of Art and after graduating in 1980, she began an acclaimed career in children's book illustration. Angela was winner of the Smarties Award in 1988. She lives in London.
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Book Description Red Fox, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11009918561X