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Snow White
Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863.
Personal Author:
[First edition].
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown [1974]
Physical Description:
48 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Retells the tale of the beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was black as ebony.
General Note:
"An Atlantic Monthly Press book."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.1 0.5 57961.
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Spared by her would-be executioner, Snow White finds a home with seven kindly dwarfs, but the hateful queen who wants her dead will stop at nothing to be the most beautiful woman in the land. Heins's graceful words and Hyman's expressive artwork create a dramatic retelling of this classic tale, filled with movement and passion that will enchant readers of all ages. Full-color illustrations.

Author Notes

Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, their collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15).

The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences.-

Jacob, who studied for a time in Paris, was fascinated with variant spellings of older words. He articulated "Grimm's Law," the rules of which are still used today to determine correspondences between the consonants of German and languages in the Indo-European family. Jacob was bolder and more experimental than Wilhelm, and was rumored to be a lively dancer. Throughout his life, Jacob kept rigidly to schedule and could be extremely focused on work that demanded close attention to detail. He never married, but was a loving uncle to Wilhelm's children.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Heins freely translates from the Brothers Grimm in this version magnificently illustrated by Hyman. Particularly fine are her characterizations; each dwarf is individualized to a remarkable degree while Snow White and her stepmother are in stunning contrast. Burkert's graceful lines, fine details, and rich colors are equally compelling; Jarrell's more formal retelling echoes through the striking full-color double-page spreads, which alternate with double pages of text.

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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