Snow White and Rose Red

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Snow White and Rose Red are loving, happy sisters, although they are different as day and night. Together they live with their mother in cozy, peaceful cottage in the woods. Then, one snowy day, their peace is disturbed by a giant black bear looking for a warm place to rest. At first scared, the girls and their mother soon realize the bear is kind—in fact, there is more to the bear than meets the eye. Will the girls’ giving spirits rescue the bear from his troublesome and secretive fate? This age-old Brothers ...

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Overview

Snow White and Rose Red are loving, happy sisters, although they are different as day and night. Together they live with their mother in cozy, peaceful cottage in the woods. Then, one snowy day, their peace is disturbed by a giant black bear looking for a warm place to rest. At first scared, the girls and their mother soon realize the bear is kind—in fact, there is more to the bear than meets the eye. Will the girls’ giving spirits rescue the bear from his troublesome and secretive fate? This age-old Brothers Grimm tale is here deftly retold and stunningly re-illustrated with modern, magical paintings by Kelly Vivanco.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 3–4—Although opposite in appearance and personality, two sisters live in domestic bliss with their mother. "Both girls were helpful, grateful and loving and never thought badly of anyone or anything." They give shelter to a large black bear one winter night, and he remains until spring. He then goes off to protect his treasure from an evil dwarf who will have emerged from his underground home. The girls encounter the little man on four different occasions, and although they rescue him from various situations, he is ungrateful and uses vituperative and abusive language. Finally, the bear appears to protect the siblings, kills the dwarf, and, released from the spell cast upon him, becomes a prince again. Snow White marries him, Rose Red marries his brother, and their mother comes to live with them. Throughout the tale, the girls' kindness and compassion are emphasized, and their happy ending is well deserved. The text varies little from the one found in The Complete Grimms' Fairy Tales (Pantheon, 1944) or that in Adrienne Adams's beautifully illustrated version (Scribner, 1964). The artwork here, however, has a greeting-card quality to it. All of the characters have unnaturally large eyes and oddly proportioned arms. The colors used are murky purples and browns with dark backgrounds that seem in contrast to the characters' sunny and gentle personalities, and the flora and fauna in the forest are often puzzling. If Adrienne Adams's version is still in good shape, there is no need to purchase this one. Ruth Sanderson's Rose Red and Snow White (Little, Brown, 1996) is also a better alternative.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781927018347
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books
  • Publication date: 1/26/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 782,227
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The Brothers Grimm (German: Brüder Grimm or Die Gebrüder Grimm), Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, and authors who together collected folklore. They are among the most well-known storytellers of European folk tales, and their work popularized such stories as "Cinderella" (Aschenputtel), "The Frog Prince" (Der Froschkönig), "Hansel and Gretel" (Hänsel und Gretel), "Rapunzel", "Rumpelstiltskin" (Rumpelstilzchen), and "Snow White" (Schneewittchen). Their first collection of folk tales, Children's and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen), was published in 1812.

Kallie George is an author and editor living in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Masters of Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia in 2007. She is the co-creator of a series of acclaimed board books, the Simply Small Series, by Paola Opal, author of the art book Mr. M the Exploring Dreamer with art by Soizick Meister, and the author of the picture book, The Melancholic Mermaid illustrated by Abigail Halpin. Clover's Luck: Book 1 in the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series will be coming out in Summer 2014 with Disney-Hyperion. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops through Capilano University and CWC (Creative Writing for Children) or baking cookies. www.kalliegeorge.com

Kelly Vivanco was born and raised in front of a sketchpad and a box of colors in Southern California where she later received her BFA with honors from LCAD.  Kelly enjoys setting whimsy to work in many mediums and pulls inspiration from the natural and imagined world, vintage photographs, children’s literature and the oddness of her dreams. Kelly lives and works at her home in Escondido, California. A sampling of the solo and in group exhibitions include showings at the California Center for the Arts Museum, The Portsmouth Museum of Art, Thinkspace, SURU, Gallery 1988, Subtext, Rotofugi, Flatcolor, 323 East, London Miles, Art Basel and Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts. Her work is held in collections across the U.S. and abroad. http://www.kellyvivanco.com

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There once was a poor widow who lived in a little cottage by the woods. In her front garden grew two beautiful, intertwining rose bushes, one with white flowers, the other with red. The widow’s two daughters were just like the rose bushes – different, but equally lovely.
 
Snow White’s hair was white like the stars, while Rose Red’s hair was as dark as the space between them. Snow White was quiet and gentle, while Rose Red was loud and lively. Snow White preferred to sit cozily indoors and read while Rose Red liked to romp in the meadows and sing. But both girls were helpful, grateful and loving and never thought badly of anyone or anything. They loved each other so much that they always held hands when they walked together. When Snow White asked, “Will we ever leave each other?” Rose Red answered, “Not as long as we shall live.”
 
When they went into the woods to pick berries, they never feared the animals, for they had made friends with all of them. They fed rabbits clover from their hands. Deer grazed beside them, and birds perched on their shoulders and sang songs. If they stayed too long and it got dark, they would lie down beside each other and sleep on the moss until morning. Trusting and loving her girls, the widow never worried about them.
 
One morning when they awoke after sleeping overnight in the woods they saw before them a beautiful child in a pure white dress. The child stood silently and looked at them in a friendly way, then quickly disappeared into the forest. Looking around they discovered they had been sleeping right next to a cliff and surely would have plunged over it if they had walked any further in the dark. When they told their mother about it, she said the child must have been the angel who protects good children.
 
On winter nights, the girls would sit by the fireplace and sew while their mother read aloud. One stormy night, they were startled by a loud thumping at the door.
“Rose Red, please open it,” said their mother. “It must be a traveler seeking shelter.”
Rose Red hurried to the door, expecting to see some poor soul. But when a black bear stuck his head inside, she screamed and backed away. Snow White ran and hid under her mother’s bed and Rose Red followed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    I have read the original and this retelling by Kallie George upd

    I have read the original and this retelling by Kallie George updates the story and makes it relevant today.

    The book is beautifully illustrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    DONT GET THE SAMPLE

    I GOT THE SAMPLE.............:/totally riped offf wouldnt have rated stupid book

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