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One of the best loved of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, this retelling of The Snow Queen is both delightful and accessible.

These timeless, classic stories have been gloriously illustrated and made accessible for younger children to read alone, or for all the family to enjoy together. This fresh approach brings the stories and their characters to life. There are also...
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Holmes, Sally New York 1989 Hardcover New in New jacket 10" x 8" Both book and jacket are unused and gift quality. Heavy Bound Edition. Many delightful illustrations. 64 pp.

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Overview

One of the best loved of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, this retelling of The Snow Queen is both delightful and accessible.

These timeless, classic stories have been gloriously illustrated and made accessible for younger children to read alone, or for all the family to enjoy together. This fresh approach brings the stories and their characters to life. There are also special pages giving background detail to set the scene of each story.

When the Snow Queen abducts her friend Kai, Gerda sets out on a perilous and magical journey to find him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lewis's commanding translation of this Andersen classic rings with nobility even as it maintains a colloquial jauntiness. The famously gripping narrative, of tender-hearted Gerda's epic quest to rescue her friend Kay from the frozen realm of the Snow Queen, is respectfully and insightfully introduced by Lewis. She points out, for example, that, of all of Andersen's major tales, The Snow Queen is ``the most free from ill fortune, sorrow, unkind chance'' and that its protagonists ``make their own luck, good or bad, as they go''; and that it is the ``only great classic fairy tale in which every positive character is a girl or woman . . . while the victim to be rescued is a boy.'' Barrett (see review of Beware Beware , above) contributes gentle watercolor and pencil illustrations, evoking an ageless fairy-tale realm while a frisson of danger lingers beneath her flower-filled images. Pictures of icy wastes--a flurry of blue, white and violet--are especially striking. Inset illustrations and incidental art as well as full- and double-page pictures are interspersed throughout the very substantial text in an agreeable book design that accommodates the youngest members of the target audience. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
For young readers there is an adaptation of a traditional winter favorite with beautiful illustrations. Peachy retells the story of the Snow Queen with the help of award winning illustrator P. J. Lynch.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Kay and Gerda are best friends and next-door neighbors. When the Snow Queen carries off Kay, Gerda sets out to find him. During her quest, she encounters many wondrous people and places. Throughout her adventure, she maintains her childlike innocence and faith; therein lies her power and strength. The cycle of seasons, repeated in the tale, is emphasized in the watercolor and pencil illustrations.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale is retold in its entirety making this book lengthy but worth every page. It is an old-fashioned storybook with exciting chapters and lots of sumptuous illustrations frosting the pages. The Snow Queen is a stirring account of a young girl's courageous attempts to save her best friend. This rendition of Anderson's tribute to the power of love is beautifully translated, charming to the end.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-A beautifully illustrated translation of Andersen's well-known tale about the power of innocence and love triumphing over evil. The varying moods of Barrett's watercolor-and-pencil scenes perfectly complement the curious story. Softly glowing paintings of the two fair-skinned, sweet-faced children contrast with the stark, dramatic coldness of the Snow Queen's realm and the fantastic, almost eerie atmosphere of the robber band's forest hideout. The story's religious overtones are subtly echoed in the pictures: a cross formed by the topmost branches of an evergreen in Gerda's path; the cloud of angels surrounding the girl; her handful of white lillies at the end. Charming illustrative touches amidst double spreads of two-columned text highlight moments in the story. Both pages of text and full-page pictures are bordered by a fine black line, and the number of each chapter is decorated with a small vignette corresponding to that section of the tale. Surpassing all available translations and adaptations in its pictorial evocation of the story's essence, this version is sure to become the one of choice in most collections.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Hazel Rochman
ger and older for reading aloud. First published 150 years ago, Andersen's long fairy tale is a story for our time, and Lewis' translation captures both the mystery and the immediacy of the telling. Kay is kidnapped and held in thrall by the Snow Queen in her palace, where "the walls were of driven snow, and the doors and windows of cutting wind." His loving friend Gerda undergoes all kinds of trials on a perilous journey to save him. Gerda's love gives her courage and determination, and when she finally gets to the land of monstrous snow and Northern Lights, her warm tears melt the ice in Kay's heart and wash the glass splinter from his eye, so that he can recognize her and be free. There's unusual complexity in this story in which even the flowers are self-centered characters and the images are both magical and ordinary: the Snow Queen promises Kay "the whole world and a new pair of skates." Barrett's dreamy watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are gentle for the most part, capturing the turn of the seasons. The pictures become truly scary in the scene in which dreams rush past on the stairs and in the sepia-toned views of the robbers' hideout. As Lewis points out in her introduction, this is a quest story in which all the main characters are women and the victim to be rescued is a boy.
Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
This Andersen tale, one of the few with a genuinely happy ending, provides a showcase for Ibatoulline’s dazzling gifts. The story of Kai’s enchantment and Gerda’s long search to rescue him offers the artist a bouquet of exotic scenes to bring to life. In one, a robber girl brings Gerda to her hideout; Ibatoulline (The Matchbox Diary) paints a dimly lit stable where a lion, flock of doves, reindeer, and other animals are held captive. In another, flickering firelight illuminates the interior of a Lapp woman’s tent. Dramatic special effects—a talking crow, a skyful of Northern Lights, and the eerily icy Snow Queen herself—are rendered in thrilling detail. Only the characters’ faces, which have the static look of portraits painted from photographs, ruffle the perfection of the spreads. The uncredited retelling (“Don’t you see she has the power within her?... Look at all the animals and people who have served her.... That is her true power”) draws little attention; it’s the magnificent artwork that will keep readers poring over the pages. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"This edition does for Andersen's classic what Gerda does for Kay-melts its frozen stiffness and restores to it the freshness of spring. . . . This elegant and splendid version is sure to give pleasure to many."  —School Library Journal

"Lynch brings exquisite grace and elegance to his illustrations of Andersen's classic . . . Lynch's Snow Queen remains a dazzling and irresistible enchantress."  —Publishers Weekly

"Lyrically retold . . . handsomely illustrated in full-blown romantic style."  —Booklist

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
An icy blue cover with an art deco Snow Queen sets the tone for this lush retelling of Andersen’s classic tale about a child kidnapped by an icy villain and rescued by a bravely, determined girl. It may be by design that Batoulline’s illustrations of the Snow Queen bear a strong resemblance to Charlize Theron’s role of evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman. Be warned: this retelling is not for the faint of heart. As in any traditional fairy tale, evil prevails. We see this not only in the Snow Queen but also in the revolting troll whose broken mirror shards penetrate Kai’s heart and the sword-wielding robber band that captures Gerda on her journey of adventure to save Kai. However, there is also fabled kindness from a lovely royal couple who embrace Gerda’s mission and clothe her in silk before sending her off in a golden coach. Batoulline’s illustrations are exquisitely rendered and near photographic in their realism and detail. Princess-obsessed little girls will love the picture of the royal couple, Gerda’s patrons, in beautiful garments edged with fur. In another image, the Aurora Borealis does, indeed, shimmer and dance on the page as Gerda wends her way north to the Snow Queen’s palace. One important element of this tale is the presence of a strong female role model in Gerda, a child with determination and courage beyond her age. With Disney’s animated Frozen out now, this similarly themed book should see high demand. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross AGERANGE: Ages 3 to 8.
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 3–5—Andersen's tale has been considerably abridged to fit into a picture-book format, and the most obvious references to Christianity have been removed. The retelling still emphasizes the struggle between good and evil, as it relates Gerda's quest to rescue her friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. Ibatoulline's sumptuous paintings perfectly capture the tale's high drama. Appropriately, the first glimpse of the two friends is from the snowy rooftops of their town, though they're snug and warm indoors. Then a splinter from the evil troll's mirror enters the room on a gust of wind, and Kai's heart is pierced. The dramatic moment is seen from above as a whirl of white invades the room. The next scene finds Kai, scared yet stubbornly clinging to his sled as the Snow Queen's sleigh whisks him away into the night. As Kai falls under her enchantment, the story turns to Gerda and her efforts to bring him back. The gentle, wistful child's strength lies in her certitude and innocent love, and she wins over everyone she meets. Whether it's in his meticulously crafted landscapes or in the emotive faces of his characters, Ibatoulline's paintings are eye-catching and memorable. Another outstanding version of a classic story.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-08-15
One of the great illustrators of our time takes on one of the knottier Andersen fairy tales, producing a gorgeous and winning result. MacDonald's retelling hews closely to Andersen's original in all its complexity but without its Christian allusions. It begins with a prologue: A wicked troll creates a mirror in which everything good looks hideous, and everything evil looks entrancing. The mirror breaks into millions of tiny pieces and pollutes the world. In winter, when Gerda's grandmother tells the story of the Snow Queen to Gerda and her friend Kai, the window flies open, and Kai is pierced by a tiny shard of the troll mirror. He insults Gerda, dashes outside and is whisked away on his sled by the Snow Queen herself. Gerda does not believe he is dead and searches through many adventures and adversities to find and rescue him. Ibatoulline's paintings are a wonder of form and color. On one spread, the icy queen wraps Kai completely in her blue and gray fur blanket; on the next, Gerda takes a boat on a sunlit river in a golden spring to find him. There are princesses and robbers, mysterious crows and talking reindeer. Ibatoulline renders the northern lights more exquisitely than any photograph. A deep subtext of love and loss, childhood and awakening, power and trust resonate through these pages at least as strongly as the magnificent images. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-12)
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Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805—75) was a Danish poet, novelist, and writer of fairy tales.T. Pym is the pseudonym of 19th-century illustrator Clara Creed.

Biography

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Biography courtesy of HarperCollins

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 2, 1805
    2. Place of Birth:
      Odense, Denmark
    1. Date of Death:
      August 4, 1875
    2. Place of Death:
      Copenhagen, Denmark

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Chapter 1

Which Treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters

Now then, let us begin. When we are at the end of the story, we shall know more than we know now: but to begin.

Once upon a time there was a wicked sprite, indeed he was the most mischievous of all sprites.

One day he was in a very good humor, for he had made a mirror with the power of causing all that was good and beautiful when it was reflected therein, to look poor and mean; but that which was good-for-nothing and looked ugly was shown magnified and increased in ugliness.

In this mirror the most beautiful landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the best persons were turned into frights, or appeared to stand on their heads; their faces were so distorted that they were not to be recognized; and if anyone had a mole, you might be sure that it would be magnified and spread over both nose and mouth.

"That's glorious fun!" said the sprite. If a good thought passed through a man's mind, then a grin was seen in the mirror, and the sprite laughed heartily at his clever discovery. All the little sprites who went to his school--for he kept a sprite school--told each other that a miracle had happened; and that now only, as they thought, it would be possible to see how the world really looked. They ran about with the mirror; and at last there was not a land or a person who was not represented distorted in the mirror.

So then they thought they would fly up to the sky, and have a joke there.

The higher they flew with the mirror, the more terribly it grinned: they could hardly hold it fast. Higher and higher still they flew, nearer and nearer to the stars, when suddenly the mirror shook soterribly with grinning, that it flew out of their hands and fell to the earth, where it was dashed in a hundred million and more pieces. And now it worked much more evil than before; for some of these pieces were hardly so large as a grain of sand, and they flew about in the wide world, and when they got into people's eyes, there they stayed; and then people saw everything perverted, or only had an eye for that which was evil.

This happened because the very smallest bit had the same power which the whole mirror had possessed. Some persons even got a splinter in their heart, an then it made one shudder, for their heart became like a lump of ice.

Some of the broken pieces were so large that they were used for windowpanes, through which one could not see one's friends.

Other pieces were put in spectacles; and that was a sad affair when people put on their glasses to see well and rightly. Then the wicked sprite laughed till he almost choked, for all this tickled his fancy. The fine splinters still flew about in the air: and now we shall hear what happened next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

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    That was such a sweet story. I recomend this for everyone.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

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    A classic story, probably the best of the Andersen's tales.

    A classic story, probably the best of the Andersen's tales.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    Fabulous

    I saw this movie on Hallmark and it was fabulous. And now I've read the book and it was even more fabulous!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Nice, but not like movie

    I thought that this book was very good, although it didn't remind me very much of the movie. The story was about a girl name Gerda and a boy named Kay, so it didn't tie with the movie being mainly about the two sisters 'Ana and Elsa'.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Icy Book!

    I thought this book was Totaly wicked, although I read it 1 million times I can't take my eyes of this book.I loved the part where little Gerda talked to the crow! But the worst bit is when Kay gets taken away by the Snow Queen.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    MOVIE EPIC FROZEN IS OUT!!!!!! : )

    I JUST WATCHED THE MOVIE THAT WAS BASED ON THE BOOK, FROZEN ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT DOES NOT COST A LOT OF $$$

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Gghjjvg The one who

    The one who posted on april 4 2003 posted that on the day after i was born

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    BORING

    I dont like that there is only pictures."I want words,I want words complained myself.I didnt care for this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    PRESS HERE AND BE HAPPY :)

    Really cute story. Poor girl her foster-brother gets crazed in the head but do not i repeat DO NOT watch the movie until you have read the true story because they are very different

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