Snow White and Rose Red [NOOK Book]

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Snow White and Rose Red live on the edge of the forest that conceals the elusive border of Faerie. They know enough about Faerie lands and mortal magic to be concerned when they find two human sorcerers setting spells near the border. And when the kindly, intelligent black bear wanders into their cottage some months later, they realize the connection between his plight and the sorcery they saw in the forest. ...
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Snow White and Rose Red

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Overview

Snow White and Rose Red live on the edge of the forest that conceals the elusive border of Faerie. They know enough about Faerie lands and mortal magic to be concerned when they find two human sorcerers setting spells near the border. And when the kindly, intelligent black bear wanders into their cottage some months later, they realize the connection between his plight and the sorcery they saw in the forest. This romantic version of the classic fairy tale features an updated introduction by its editor, Terri Windling.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wrede's Caught in Crystal romantic and charming retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale is the fourth in this series. In the village of Mortlak, near the river Thames, during the reign of Elizabeth I, live the Widow Arden and her two daughters, Blanche and Rosamund. The widow, who supports her family by selling herbs and making healing potions, lives in fear of being accused of witchcraft. Her daughters gather the herbs she needs, sometimes crossing into the realm of Faerie, one of whose borders lies in the forest nearby. Also residing in Mortlak is the real-life Doctor Dee, astrologer to the Queen, who with his friend Edward Kelly seeks to harness the magic of Faerie. Their efforts turn Hugh, one of the half-human sons of the queen of Faerie, into a bear. With the aid of the widow and her daughters, John, the elder Faerie prince, tries to disenchant his brother, who has crossed over to the mortal world. John is initially thwarted in his efforts by Madini, head of a faction in Faerie that seeks complete separation from the mortal domain. In putting her twist on the classic tale, Wrede uses language appropriate to the period and nicely evokes both medieval England and a magic land. May
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The Grimm Brothers probably wouldn't recognize Patricia C. Wrede's take on their venerable fairy tale. This is all to the good, because Wrede's retelling in novel form is considerably more entertaining than the original-being irresistibly witty, romantic, and more filled with happy endings than moral lessons. Shy Blanche and vivacious Rosamund live with their herbalist/healer mother, the Widow Arden, in Elizabethan England. Their tiny cottage borders on a great forest, which just happens to harbor the world of Faerie with its queen and court. Only 10 miles down the River Thames lies London, which harbors another queen and court. These parallel worlds are connected through the sorcery of John Dee, Queen Elizabeth's alchemist, and must be separated by the widow and her daughters before they are branded as witches. The fact that Dee and Kelly, his nefarious assistant, unknowingly present the marriageable young ladies with almost perfect suitor material (once one gets past the animal bridegroom issue) is part of the drollery. Wrede's use of the historical Dee is clever, while her use of the Elizabethan dialect is both clever and comfortably believable. It is a really good read, amplified by Terri Windling's excellent new introduction about the history of the fairy tale genre. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101159439
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Series: Fairy Tales Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 117,781
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 571 KB

Meet the Author

Patricia C. Wrede lives in Edina, Minnesota.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Wonderful. The little known fairy tale was refreshing. I love

    Wonderful. The little known fairy tale was refreshing. I love PCW's books! The language really helps bring the characters and era to life. Plus, since The Secrets of the Imortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott, I love Dee.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    O Bear, Where Art Thou?

    I'm not someone who really likes or feels the need to reread books, but Snow White and Rose Red is definitely an exception. There's so much to enjoy in Patricia C. Wrede's retelling of the fairy tale: the relationship between brothers and between sisters; the day-to-day details of Elizabethan England; Faerie lands with haughty, disdainful faerie folk; plots interwoven within plots; romance; a cameo by Robin Goodfellow, aka, Puck; historical figures turned villains; and bears. Well, *a* bear, anyway. But when that bear is a half-human, half-faerie man ensorcelled into the shape of a bear, one is all you really need. Every reread is a rediscovery of all that I love about the book, and for days afterward I'm known to long for a bear to appear on my doorstep.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Classic Fairy Tale with a Magical Twist

    This rendition of Snow White and Rose Red is excellently written. The ideas and characters are well thought out and very engrossing. Patricia Wrede is a magical writer with an excellent sense of storytelling.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Enchanting

    This book will enchant you. I loved the multiple, intriguing plots happening at the same time. That end up together in a fun, magical ending that will make you want to read it again!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    The Best of Wrede

    I think this is the best of Patricia C. Wrede... and I like all of her other books! Everyone I have lent his book to have loved it. It is a nice, easy to read, and fun book. It is good for both adults and kids.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Fairy Tale

    It's a lovely, romantic fairy tale with a predictable, yet perfect ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Sweet book!

    I enjoyed it very much. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Sunfall

    Sunfall licked Autumnstar's cheek back and purred happily.(Okay, )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Autumnstar

    Autumnstar smiles and nuzzles him. "Thank you." She purrs before licking him on the cheek. "I want you to meet my clan." She says while she stands. (In real life my great-grandpa died, so I will be gone for a few days. My family is going to his funeral. I should be back around Saturday or Sunday. Willow Clan camp is at Indonesia all results, but I am locked out of the first six results so post at the eigth result, please.) ~ Autumnstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    no magic

    I was disappointed in this read. For a fairy tale with witches and magicians, it felt like a magicless read. The author's choice to write in an Elizabethan manner made it difficult to fully immerse myself or connect to the characters. I had to spend too much time using context clues to figure out what the characters were saying. I couldn't love the villains or the good guys.

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