Snow White

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“Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who’s the fairest one of all?”

Originating in seventeenth-century French folklore, the story of Snow White has long been one of the world’s most memorable childhood tales.

It is the story of an evil queen determined to do away with a girl—with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony—who threatens the queen’s quest to remain the most beautiful in her kingdom. This new gift edition ...

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Overview

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who’s the fairest one of all?”

Originating in seventeenth-century French folklore, the story of Snow White has long been one of the world’s most memorable childhood tales.

It is the story of an evil queen determined to do away with a girl—with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony—who threatens the queen’s quest to remain the most beautiful in her kingdom. This new gift edition presents the unabridged version of the Grimms’ tale, with an original interpretation by renowned artist Camille Rose Garcia that artfully combines wit and dark romance.

A princess takes refuge from her wicked stepmother in the cottage of seven dwarfs.

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The Grimm Brothers' Snow White comes vividly, almost grotesquely alive in this illustrated by popular "low brow" artist Camille Rose Garcia. Garcia's garish surrealistic paintings owe something to both William Burroughs' cut-ups and Max Fleischer's Depression era cartoons, thus giving us a sharp satirical slant on a classic fairy tale. Definitely not your grandmother's idea of Snow White.

Tim Flannigan

Amanda Smith
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Exquisite endpapers set the tone for this elegant version of one of the most-loved fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm: a leafless ebony tree stands in stark relief against a sweeping expanse of snow, the whiteness of which is marred by a single drop of blood. Echoing the central image of this classic tale of contrasts (good and evil, innocence and cruelty, youth and age, beauty and ugliness of spirit), Barrett's images unfold in a twilight world of ethereal beauty anchored by telling detail, from the moonlight reflected in the creek by the dwarves' cottage to the evil-looking poison comb the disguised queen offers Snow White. Poole's version of the lovely young princess and her vindictive stepmother remains faithful to the original, and enchants with its unassuming prose. The artwork's overall tone is sophisticated and somewhat remote, placing the book beyond the reach of younger readers, but this is nonetheless a fairy tale in the grand tradition, and an exemplary marriage of illustration and narrative. All ages. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Originally published in Belgium in 2007 under the title Blance Neige, the work tells the traditional story of Snow White as recorded by the brothers Grimm. Illustrated by one of Europe's most popular illustrators, a young and not traditionally beautiful Snow White is left in the woods rather than killed by the huntsman as directed by her stepmother the Queen. The tale turns almost into Goldilocks and the Three Bears when Snow White comes to a little house where she tries out a bit of each of seven chairs, plates of food, and beds. The seven dwarfs return from mining for gold and ask each other who has been sitting in my chair and so on. The dwarfs find Snow White fast asleep, a beautiful child. Upon hearing Snow White's tale, the dwarfs agree to let her stay if she will cook, clean, and keep their house. The evil stepmother tries three times to kill Snow White, and the third time with a poison apple appears to succeed. A prince encounters the dwarfs watching Snow White's glass-topped coffin in the woods and the dwarfs give Snow White to the prince. As the prince's servants carry off Snow White one stumbles and the piece of poisoned apple falls out, awakening Snow White. The wicked stepmother goes to the wedding and as punishment she must dance in a pair of red-hot iron shoes until she dies. While illustrated beautifully the tale is not a sanitized version one often sees for young children, making this work appropriate for older children rather than the traditional preschooler and early elementary school child. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Snow White is not pretty in any conventional sense, but she's certainly young and vulnerable in this pleasing rendition of the Grimms' tale. Gréban's watercolor views on the book cover and endpapers—where the intruding girl lies asleep in one of seven small beds—invite readers into the home of the dwarfs, a much happier place than the lonely forest in which Snow White is quickly abandoned once the story actually begins. Unlike most picture-book versions, Gréban's text is faithful to the old story, omitting just a few details. Here the queen does not eat the heart and liver she believes to be Snow White's, but she does dance to her death in the red-hot iron shoes, bringing Snow White's wedding and the book to their old abrupt close. The pairing of the text and pictures will work especially well for read-aloud sharing. White text pages include smaller views and face full-page scenes. The artist is adroit in his choice of perspective and in creating mood. His clear, nicely articulated characters are most appealing in the varied personalities of the dwarfs and the old women who are the disguised queen. The book is more informal than Nancy Ekholm Burkert's handsome version (Farrar, 1987) with Randall Jarrell's text, and much more fulsome than the old Disney version that has dominated publication of this particular story. Every library should find it a most welcome introduction to Grimms' tales.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Poole's formal retelling is lyrical and dramatic with a stronger sense of character and setting than is usually found in other versions of the tale. The wicked queen becomes quite vivid in her growing hatred of Snow White. Barrett's watercolors support this elaboration of story, utilizing unusual perspectives and a dark palette to emphasize Snow White's fairness, while underscoring the stepmother's evil. The opening scene--Snow White's mother leaning out of a window, gazing at a drop of blood on the snow--offers an effective juxtaposition of warm, regal interior with an icy wilderness outside. Scenes of the queen consulting her mirror are properly dark and forbidding. Libraries that own versions by Trina Schart Hyman (Joy St./Little, 1979) or Nancy Burkert (Farrar, 1972) may choose to pass on this one, but those with a demand for folk and fairy tales in illustrated editions will find it a satisfying addition. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Flemish watercolorist Greban's queen may not be "the fairest of them all," but she steals center stage from his waifish Snow White-who is perhaps less beautiful than the (uncredited) translated text suggests. While the queen's frightful, menacing presence is effectively apparent as she transforms herself throughout her doomed quest to destroy Snow White, the princess lacks the trademark "blood red lips," and her small, close-set eyes and sometimes bulbous nose combine in a depiction that, while not ugly, is not exactly lovely either. She does seem naive and innocent, which bolsters a necessary contrast with the queen. Also strong are the illustrator's pictures of the satisfyingly individual seven dwarfs-one bespectacled, some clean-shaven, others bearded, etc. The inclusion of the often-omitted final scene with the queen dancing to her death in red-hot iron shoes (curiously white in the illustration) is deftly and gently handled with a picture that presents her in an awkward, foot-stomping stance that is tantrum-like rather than agonizing or scary. An uneven, though worthwhile, addition to fairy-tale collections. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062064462
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 256,733
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilhelm Grimm and his brother Jacob are famous for their classical collection of folk songs and folktales, especially for Children’s and Household Tales, generally known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, where she visited Disneyland and went to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society. Her work has been displayed internationally and featured in numerous magazines, including Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone, and Modern Painter. In 2007, a retrospective of her work, titled Tragic Kingdom, was on display at the San Jose Museum of Art, accompanied by a catalog of the same name. She has also written and illustrated a children's book, The Magic Bottle. The recipient of the Stars of Design award from the Pacific Design Center, she recently moved to the Pacific Northwest after thirty-eight years in Los Angeles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    'Snow White' As The Brothers Grimm Intended...

    The story of 'Snow White' is an old one, and has been loved by generations, but it is not as pleasant as some would believe. 'Snow White', like many tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, has many disturbing elements that are the stuff of nightmares. Paul Heins retells the fairy tale, while Trina Schart Hyman visually depicts it with her soulful illustrations. However, this might not be the best version to share with the youngest of eyes and ears, as Heins's retelling and Hyman's illustrations never shy away from the frightening aspects of the tale. The Queen, once informed that she is no longer the 'fairest of them all', is the image of madness with her crazed eyes and tense posture, while Heins incorporates the Queen's demands for Snow White's lungs and liver so she can have them cooked, as well as the Queen's punishment at the ending. However, I would buy this one for the pictures alone! Lighting is used to highly dramatic effect: twilight looms through the trees as Snow White discovers the cottage of the seven dwarfs, the Queen plots against Snow White in rooms glowing with candle-light, and numerous candles surround Snow White's glass coffin as the dwarfs keep watch over her. These images drive the narrative forward, with their emotional charge and symbolism. The Queen, like any witch, keeps a black cat as a companion, while the dwarfs are hard-working, compassionate little men who serve as Snow White's care-takers. We feel their sadness and despair when Snow White is nearly murdered because Hyman shows us the concern on their faces. Hyman's dwarfs are not merely caricatures-she depicts them as three-dimensional characters who serve a purpose other than comic relief. Snow White truly is 'the fairest of them all', with her cascading black hair, and pure white skin with blushing cheeks and crimson lips. She is a vision to say the least. Her true-love is a masculine and rugged figure, complete with a beard. His expression is unthreatening, however, and he is very 'prince-ly' with his kind eyes and heroic stance. Heins's words are simple, in the tradition of the Grimm Brothers, but they effectively tell a story about vanity and hatred, kindness and love. Easily one of the best editions of the tale, as well as one of Trina Schart Hyman's greatest achievements! My Highest Recommendation!!!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    An amazing story firstly, secondly it is amazingly illustrated.

    An amazing story firstly, secondly it is amazingly illustrated. Very beautiful, this is how the Grimm Brothers would have wanted illustrations to have been done for such a dark story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Good or boring

    How was it cuz i want to read it but i don't know

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Great...

    Great for older kids beacause it is a lot more thingd that were not in the movie so whach out for that.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Below

    I like Once Upon a Time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Oncers rule

    Awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Below

    ONCE UPON A TIME

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Poor app/wasted money!

    Too short, did not include the entire story! Dont waste your time or money :(

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Bad

    This book dose not work .

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    I LOVE ONCE UPON A TIME

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Ok i guess

    This is a good book for a girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really love Camille Rose Garcia's take on Snow White. She illu

    I really love Camille Rose Garcia's take on Snow White. She illustrates the story in a much more grim and grotesque way than most other Snow White books which hardly ever stray from the Disney version. While I love all versions of Snow White, this one really stuck out on the bookshelf. This is a great buy for any Disney, Snow White, or fairy tale fan looking for something unique. I would only recommend this for book for older children and adults. Garcia also illustrates a version of Alice in Wonderland as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    HkfS

    Fufhggffdfgh

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Like it.

    Like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Coooooooooooooool

    I honestly havnt read this book but it sounds really good

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Go iceclan

    Yayyyyy! Iceclan!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 15, 2013

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