Snow White: Silver Anniversary Edition

Snow White: Silver Anniversary Edition

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by Brothers Grimm, Trina Schart Hyman, Paul Heins, Wilhelm K. Grimm

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Santore's rich watercolors capture the moods and emotions of the Grimm Brother's tale from its awe-inspiring landscapes to the subtle majesty of the changing hours of th eday. This Snow White will surely stand the test of time and become a classic in its own right.


Santore's rich watercolors capture the moods and emotions of the Grimm Brother's tale from its awe-inspiring landscapes to the subtle majesty of the changing hours of th eday. This Snow White will surely stand the test of time and become a classic in its own right.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed.
Product dimensions:
9.08(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet the Author

In the 19th century, Jakob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm (1786–1859) Grimm collected folktales as part of a larger study of German culture. Their belief that folktales were reflections of the popular mind resulted in many works together including Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Charles Santore’s illustrations are part of the permanent collections of the Brandywine River Museum, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and The Museum of Modern Art.

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Snow White 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He pulled away and took her hand, leading her back to celestial dragon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for a girl
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How was it cuz i want to read it but i don't know
Caitlin Santos More than 1 year ago
Great for older kids beacause it is a lot more thingd that were not in the movie so whach out for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short, did not include the entire story! Dont waste your time or money :(
ChrisJohns More than 1 year ago
Like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book dose not work .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly havnt read this book but it sounds really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yayyyyy! Iceclan!