Snow White: A Three-Dimensional Fairy-Tale Theatre

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In exquisite three-dimensional scenes, Jane Ray retells and illuminates the story of Snow White, creating a gift book worthy of a fairy tale.

Once there was a beautiful girl with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as dark as the winter branches. In six intricate spreads, delicate paper layers let children peer in the palace window at the wicked queen with her mirror, watch Snow White run to the house of the seven dwarves, and gaze as the prince wakes her in ...

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Overview

In exquisite three-dimensional scenes, Jane Ray retells and illuminates the story of Snow White, creating a gift book worthy of a fairy tale.

Once there was a beautiful girl with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as dark as the winter branches. In six intricate spreads, delicate paper layers let children peer in the palace window at the wicked queen with her mirror, watch Snow White run to the house of the seven dwarves, and gaze as the prince wakes her in her coffin. As the familiar text unfolds on flaps evoking stage curtains, the scenes play out in dioramas of rare depth and beauty.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Organic illustrations with an element of folk art complement the 3D format of this interpretation of the fairy tale. Text appears on foldout tabs designed to look like theater curtains, and each spread expands to show three levels of perspective, like intricately layered stage sets (through a group of trees in the immediate foreground, Snow White is seen wandering toward the dwarves’ home, while rolling hills and the departing woodsman can be seen in the distance). A gracefully designed vision that will draw readers in. Ages 3–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Dubbed by the publisher on the cover, "a three-dimensional fairy-tale theater," this version of the familiar fairy tale is presented as six different scenes with red curtains on each side which open outward to reveal the text. Scene I: A snowy evening out-of-doors with trees bare of their leaves; and, on one side, a look into the upper window of a castle where a young queen has just pricked her finger while dreaming that the child she is expecting will be a daughter. Scene II: Inside the castle a little girl is watching her step-mother ask a magic mirror, "Who is the fairest of them all?" Scene III: A grown-up Snow White is running through the trees toward a house inhabited by seven small men. Scene IV: Outside the window of the dwarves' house an old peddler woman is showing Snow White her wares. Scene V: Inside the house of the seven dwarves, who have just returned from work, Snow White is lying lifeless on the floor. Scene VI: A beautiful spring day outside with the dwarves watching anxiously as a handsome prince tenderly kisses an awakening Snow White. Fortunately, the text provided on the backs of the side curtains fleshes out the story. Each of the delightful scenes is created with three double-wide sheets of sturdy paper including a background page of scenery and two pages in front, each shorter than the other, with cut-outs of the characters and necessary furnishings to create perfect fairy-tale settings. The paper of the book is substantial but when the book opens out to become a little more than twenty-six inches wide and five to six inches deep, it needs to be viewed on a large flat surface with an attending adult nearby for the first several times.With that understood, this is a magical book for any young lady! Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Unusual paper engineering makes this a particularly memorable version of the familiar tale. Each of the five spreads opens at a broad angle, revealing a three-layer "stage" bordered by sumptuous curtains. Birds, squirrels, and other wildlife join viewers in looking through a die-cut screen of trees (or in interior scenes an archway) at gracefully posed, richly clad figures. The jewel-like colors, as well as Ray's almond-eyed Snow White and dusky-skinned Prince, give the tale an otherworldly air missing from other 3-D versions. Side flaps conceal a briefly told rendition of the story, but children will hardly need to refer to it to follow the action. Fine for display, and for shared reading with a small audience.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644734
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 10
  • Sales rank: 1,010,295
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Ray is the author-illustrator of THE APPLE-PIP PRINCESS and the illustrator of LUGALBANDA: THE BOY WHO GOT CAUGHT UP IN A WAR by Kathy Henderson and CLASSIC FAIRY TALES by Berlie Doherty. She lives in London.
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