Gr 1-3-Jackson sets this variation of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" in Ghana. A wise king marries a beautiful queen and they welcome a gorgeous daughter to their happy home. Shortly after Rainy's birth, the queen dies of malaria. The king remarries, and his jealous wife has the child taken away to be killed. But the guard cannot let the princess die, so he leaves her on the far edge of the desert with a camel and some water. She finds her way to a hut where seven "midgets" live. They become a family and Rainy flourishes, until her stepmother finds her and slips a poison plantain into her breakfast. The story strains to be an authentic ethnic variation of the traditional fairy tale, but the writing seems stilted. The illustrations are uneven and sometimes appear unfinished. But these shortcomings are secondary to the use of the term "midget," which many people find offensive.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.