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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.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.G882 SN25 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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

Ages 6-9. Evidently based on the Grimms' familiar fairy tale (though that's unacknowledged here), this picture book offers a richly illustrated edition of the familiar story. Poole sticks to the original fairly closely but embroiders it with details of setting, motivation, and plot. As dense and elaborate as the writing, Barrett's rather dark, full-color artwork provides a handsome setting for the tale. Through dramatic use of composition, contrast, and detail, the illustrations provide a graceful and mysterious vision of the story. (Reviewed Jan 1, 1992)0679826564Carolyn Phelan

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

Gr 1-3-Snow White is not pretty in any conventional sense, but she's certainly young and vulnerable in this pleasing rendition of the Grimms' tale. Greban's watercolor views on the book cover and endpapers-where the intruding girl lies asleep in one of seven small beds-invite readers into the home of the dwarfs, a much happier place than the lonely forest in which Snow White is quickly abandoned once the story actually begins. Unlike most picture-book versions, Greban's text is faithful to the old story, omitting just a few details. Here the queen does not eat the heart and liver she believes to be Snow White's, but she does dance to her death in the red-hot iron shoes, bringing Snow White's wedding and the book to their old abrupt close. The pairing of the text and pictures will work especially well for read-aloud sharing. White text pages include smaller views and face full-page scenes. The artist is adroit in his choice of perspective and in creating mood. His clear, nicely articulated characters are most appealing in the varied personalities of the dwarfs and the old women who are the disguised queen. The book is more informal than Nancy Ekholm Burkert's handsome version (Farrar, 1987) with Randall Jarrell's text, and much more fulsome than the old Disney version that has dominated publication of this particular story. Every library should find it a most welcome introduction to Grimms' tales.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.