Gerda and Kay are the best of friends, but tragedy strikes Kay when his eye and heart are pierced with fragments of a mirror, and the loving boy Gerda knew vanishes. The Snow Queen puts him under her spell and takes him to her palace of snow and ice. It is up to Gerda to find him and bring him home to the love that awaits him. This classic tale is ...
Gerda and Kay are the best of friends, but tragedy strikes Kay when his eye and heart are pierced with fragments of a mirror, and the loving boy Gerda knew vanishes. The Snow Queen puts him under her spell and takes him to her palace of snow and ice. It is up to Gerda to find him and bring him home to the love that awaits him. This classic tale is beautifully illustrated with the folkart Scherenschnitt.
We all know Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen." In this version, the author has stuck purely to direct translation of the original story, and the illustrator brings the story even more to life with outstandingly beautiful color pencil drawings.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-11-07 Lynch (Melisande; The Steadfast Tin Soldier) brings exquisite grace and elegance to his illustrations of Andersen's classic story of the power of love to heal even the most hardened and icy heart. The design is impressive: delicate black lines frame the four columns on each spread while the art varies not only in placement and size but also in style. A Victorian garland of flowers circling the text of Gerda's prayer is juxtaposed with an Andrew Wyeth-like panel depicting the snow falling on Kay's sleeve, while the wicked goblins and their distorting mirror recall Rackham or even Hogarth. Lynch sometimes departs from the text with intriguing results. For example, the Snow Queen's guards, described by Andersen as ``great ugly porcupines, others like snakes rolled into knots with their heads peering out, and others like little fat bears with bristling hair,'' are pictured as splintered icy dragons or gargoyles under attack from triumphant golden angels in Roman armor. Retold from the original English version by Caroline Peachy, this narrative omits some of the excursions found in the original, but Lynch's Snow Queen remains a dazzling and irresistible enchantress. Ages 6-10. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly, 1993-09-06 Lewis's commanding translation of this Andersen classic rings with nobility even as it maintains a colloquial jauntiness. The famously gripping narrative, of tender-hearted Gerda's epic quest to rescue her friend Kay from the frozen realm of the Snow Queen, is respectfully and insightfully introduced by Lewis. She points out, for example, that, of all of Andersen's major tales, The Snow Queen is ``the most free from ill fortune, sorrow, unkind chance'' and that its protagonists ``make their own luck, good or bad, as they go''; and that it is the ``only great classic fairy tale in which every positive character is a girl or woman . . . while the victim to be rescued is a boy.'' Barrett (see review of Beware Beware , above) contributes gentle watercolor and pencil illustrations, evoking an ageless fairy-tale realm while a frisson of danger lingers beneath her flower-filled images. Pictures of icy wastes--a flurry of blue, white and violet--are especially striking. Inset illustrations and incidental art as well as full- and double-page pictures are interspersed throughout the very substantial text in an agreeable book design that accommodates the youngest members of the target audience. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly, 1985-11-22 Le Gallienne invests her latest translation of Andersen's classics with the lyricism, humor and animation that grace her versions of The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid and Seven Tales. Zeldich's paintings glow with colors that emphasize the feelings in the shifting scenes and endear the fairy tale's quaint mortals to the reader. The little children, Kai and Gerda, are inseparable companions until the Snow Queen casts a spell over the boy and takes him flying to her icy kingdom in the sky. All the world is gray and sad to Gerda, mourning for her lost friend. Through a succession of unlikely helpers, however, she passes many tests of courage, reaches Kai in time to save him from prison, and they return to Earth, proving that abiding love can conquer demons. (All ages) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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