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Snow & Rose
Martin, Emily Winfield, author.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Listening Library, [2017]

Physical Description:
4 audio discs (4 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
A reimagining of the classic fairy tale features two sisters whose life of privilege gives way after their father's disappearance and their mother's descent into sorrow before they embark on a magical adventure in an enchanted wood to break a set of terrible spells.
General Note:
Title from web page.

Compact discs.

Adaptation of fairy tale: Snow white and rose red.
Reading Level:

Ages 8 to 12.
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Format :
Audiobook on CD


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Give the gift of this stunningly illustrated fairy-tale reimagining from the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be this holiday season--sure to be a modern classic

Snow and Rose didn't know they were in a fairy tale. People never do. . . .

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

In Snow & Rose , bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin retells the traditional but little-known fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red." The beautiful full-color illustrations throughout and unusual yet relatable characters will bring readers back to this book again and again.

"The deeper meanings of the story] do emerge, but the pleasure . . . is paramount." -- The New York Times

Author Notes

Emily Winfield Martin sketches, paints, and stitches to create imaginary worlds and characters. She is the author and illustrator of several books including Dream Animals, Day Dreamers, The Wonderful Things You Will Be, and Oddfellow's Orphanage.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Martin's illustrated rendition of Snow White and Rose Red brings this lesser-known Grimm fairy tale out of obscurity. Taking a few creative liberties there's no prince, nor any mention of marriage Martin ventures into an enchanted wood where bandits and monsters prowl, people go missing, and a widow resides with her two daughters: Snow, who is wild and fair, and Rose, who is gentle, with dark hair and rose-petal cheeks. Still grieving their father, the girls find comfort in nature and spend their time exploring the woods, which holds an unimaginable secret. Like most of the Grimm brothers' tales, this peculiar story carries sinister overtones, but Martin does a nice job of keeping the dark atmosphere from overwhelming younger readers, largely through her whimsical touches. A quirky librarian who offers objects rather than books; a boy with an encyclopedic knowledge of mushrooms; a protective bear companion (though that is in the original); fairies; and lovely full-color illustrations all these elements lend charm and balance to this tale, where avarice and cruelty fall to kindness and love.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sisters Snow and Rose once lived a charmed life in a grand house with a beautiful garden. After their father disappears into the woods, the girls and their mother are forced to move into a small cottage in the same forest. There, they befriend a boy named Ivo, discover a mysterious library filled not with books but objects, are tricked by a strange little man, and bond with a protective bear. Unfolding over episodic chapters that build to a well-deserved happy ending, this moody fairy tale emphasizes family, friendship, and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Martin's characterization of the two contrary sisters is especially moving: Rose is the type of person who "holds on to a thing she loved as tightly as she could," while Snow wants "to see or hear or taste something she loved over and over again, to remind herself that it was real." The sisters' contradictions make their relationship all the stronger, and Martin's prim full-color paintings and spot illustrations tenderly highlight key characters and moments. Ages 8-12. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Once, two sisters named Snow and Rose lived a fairy-tale life, secure in a big house surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large staff to help with all of the chores. But when this story begins, their status has changed. Listeners learn that their father disappeared in the woods and their mother is almost gone as well, having wrapped herself in sorrow over her loss. Snow and Rose attempt to care for themselves, their mother, and their house, but Snow is determined to venture out into the woods in search of the truth behind their father's disappearance. Rose is not as brave as Snow, but quickly decides that she needs to help keep her younger sister safe. The unique characters they meet during their treks through the forest, such as the mysterious librarian who has strange objects but no books, and the charismatic and friendly boy Ivo, who lives underground and grows mushrooms, are engaging enough to keep listeners entranced with this adventure-filled fantasy. Listeners will be captivated as they learn if and how the sisters will break a set of spells cast by an evil dwarf who has imprisoned many in the enchanted forest. VERDICT There is enough fantasy and adventure to keep listeners' attention to the very end of this magical mystery that is loosely based on the classic Grimm tale.-Sheila Acosta, San Antonio Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.