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The Snow Child

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

76 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

Stunning debut!

It's really gratifying to come across a book that evokes the senses to such a degree that its flavor is brought to the palate. Such is the case with Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Show Child. Infused with aspects of pine boughs, mountain herbs, woolen mittens and inspire...
It's really gratifying to come across a book that evokes the senses to such a degree that its flavor is brought to the palate. Such is the case with Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Show Child. Infused with aspects of pine boughs, mountain herbs, woolen mittens and inspired by happenstance, it breathes new life into an old Russian children's tale Ivey stumbled upon in her bookstore.

We come to know of aging Jack and Mabel through their childless sorrows, playful intense love and survivalist fortitude all cruxing on a belief in dreams and a touch of magic. Through imagery spun with such crispness as to leave a skiff of snow on your heart and the bite of cold wilderness air in your lungs, it's nearly impossible not to fall deeply into the story of Faina and her enchanted sudden appearance. And I must say, the skill with which Ivey works your emotions, ebbing and flowing like tides with each of Faina's disappearances, belies the fact this is her first book. I found myself really believing Jack, Mabel, Faina and the cast of supportive neighbors--pragmatic George, boisterous Esther and their helpful wide-eyed son Garrett--existed somewhere, somehow.

I can only leave you with this: when you bring this book into your world, carve out time to give it your full attention. Then make a space for it on your shelf of favorites, it belongs there.

posted by Nathan_Dunbar on August 4, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

Boo

Thanks to the long winded pisters who reveal the entire book, bn just lost another sale. Why buy the book when the rude, vain, egotistical posters tell everything? Bn, you are losing money thanks to these ppl. Are you going to let it continue?????

posted by 8888649 on November 6, 2012

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    It was a fun book to read as it reminded me of my childhood when my mom encouraged "thinking of positive fantasies". It was heartwarming and added a "twinkle" to the whole experience. Of course, in S TX we don't have the snow, but corn fields, cotton fields, & grain fields made for a great place to run and chase the fantasy of a playmate just a few rows over. Great read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Snowclaw

    Graps fawnkit and pin her down i recomend no one moves or this kit will die

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    To i wish the other day

    I reslly wish i could say how you recked a perfectl geat book for everyone i eish i could say to all you harrietts what we eould reslly like to call you and tell you about yourself i am glad it gives you such great pleasure to reck every book in this nook for everyone

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    This book wasn't the best book I've every read, yet it wasn't th

    This book wasn't the best book I've every read, yet it wasn't the worst either. It was an okay read. I usually finish books within 2-3 days, this one took me 2 weeks. It seemed to drag on at parts, and it was really difficult to like the characters. Faina was about the only character I enjoyed reading about in the novel. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Just OK

    A Fairy Tale of sorts.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 31, 2012

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    Posted February 23, 2012

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