Gorgeously packaged with intricate illustrations from Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen's well-loved fairy tale, The Snow Queen, is the perfect holiday gift for adults and children alike.
Hans Christian Andersen's magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in deep blue, with silver foil embellishments, The Snow Queen is elevated from a children's book to a unique work of art. It is an ideal gift for people of all ages.
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN was a Danish author who is best remembered for his fairy tales, which have been translated into 125 languages. They have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Fir Tree, The Ugly Duckling, and many more.
SANNA ANNUKKA is an English/Finnish printmaker and textile designer. She divides her time between designing collections for the Finnish textile brand Marimekko, and working on her own range of silkscreen prints and other products.
Date of Birth:April 2, 1805
Date of Death:August 4, 1875
Place of Birth:Odense, Denmark
Place of Death:Copenhagen, Denmark
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WHICH HAS TO DO WITH A MIRROR AND ITS FRAGMENTS
Excerpted from "The Snow Queen"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this book it’s a classic tale of love, friendship, loads of adventure and determination. The story revolves around Gerda’s search for her best friend Kay. The two share a friendship so close they are practically siblings. Sadly there comes a day where Kay begins to change. Thanks to a few shards of glass from the Devil’s mirror that embed themselves in his heart and eyes. One day Kay takes off alone to go sledding. He’s picked up by none other than the Snow Queen herself, who takes away his memories of everyone he loves. Gerda seems to be the only one who believes that Kay is still out there and can be saved. So being the good friend she is, she takes off in search for her best friend. I had never before read this book. Which I’m kind of ashamed to say because I love classics. I have a beautiful old edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Sadly I have yet to pick it up. I’m not even sure if this story is in there. Truly I’m glad that I was able to read this edition as my first time with the story. It was such a fun and easy read. Just missing the 100 page mark. The language was not at all difficult to work with, it flowed smoothly and before I knew it I had reached the end. The illustrations were so uniquely detailed that I can’t imagine a single person who would not enjoy this. It’s something that people of all ages can appreciate. This book will keep them engaged throughout every page. Only after reading this book did I realize how many times I have seen similar stories touched by this one fairy tale. From movies like The Chronicles of Narnia in 2005, to Disney’s Frozen which came out in 2013. Let’s not forget one of my favorite TV shows Once Upon A Time which has been running strongly for 6 straight seasons. If this one story alone has influenced this many (and obviously many more) Movies/TV shows I can only imagine how far Andersen’s other fairy tales have spread. If you’ve never had a chance to read this book I hiiiighly advise that you give it a chance. It’s a great read especially around the holidays, on rainy cold nights, or heck if you’re just in the mood for something a little more vintage. Top it off with a delicious cup of hot chocolate and bam! You’ve got yourself one heck of a good time Personally this is a story I will go back to just about every year.
I was excited at the prospect of this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen's story, The Snow Queen. It has been years since I've read fairy tales and I had not ever read The Snow Queen. The unusual illustrations lend a modern look to the old story. And the cloth bound, hard cover book is reminiscent of books from the past. Though the story is short and should have been a quick read, I found I simply could not get that interested in it. It begins with a sinister mirror that is like a devil. It shatters and the slivers fall to the Earth impaling people with the evil of the mirror causing them to be like it. This should not have surprised me because fairy tales of long ago have usually had a grimness to them and a bountiful amount of evil. Usually, evil is overcome by the good others do. So one probably should expect a dark side to exist in fairy tales. The illustrations are Scandinavian and modern with a weirdness that is indicative of the story itself - as well it should be. Would the story be better illustrated with more realistic "people" roaming the cold countryside? That would be interesting to see but Sanna Annukka chose this style and it does suit. The cover is beautiful in the deep aqua-blue with silver accents. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the Blogging for Books reviewer's program to facilitate a review of my honest opinions which are freely given.