Snow & Rose
Blurb from Goodreads:
A New York Times bestselling author-illustrator brings readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”
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.
Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.
My thoughts on this book:
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin is an enchanting retelling of “Snow-White and Rose-Red”. As soon as we saw this at the bookstore we quickly snatched it up. I’ve always admired retellings and this is one of my favorites.
Snow and Rose are daughters born to a nobleman. Their mother, from a common family, was a painter and sculptor. Their parents loved each other and loved their daughters more than anything. At one point, Snow and Rose had everything they wanted, including a beautiful home and garden, plenty of fancy dresses to wear, dolls, and a cute cat named Earl Grey. That is, until the day their father disappears into the woods and doesn’t return.
Without their father everything became difficult and their mother struggled to do much of anything. She was sad and had no interest like she used to. As everything is taken away, they eventually move into a cottage in the woods while reminiscing about their old lives from time to time. Despite their fear of the woods that took their father, they venture out into the forest and what follows is a story full of wonder, magic, and adventure.
Snow and Rose didn’t know they were living in a fairy tale–people never do.
I personally loved this retelling which has some similarities to the original, but with a whole new twist. There are trees that talk to one another, a librarian with magical objects, and a mysterious huntsman. I enjoyed all of these added elements which gave depth to the story and kept it fresh.
As far as the writing, I adored all the beautiful descriptions and also the format. I thought it was written in a way that both young readers and adults can enjoy.
Snow and Rose wandered through the big room. It was spare but cozy. Roots curled and looped along the walls; dark planks of roughhewn wood covered the floor. Light beamed thinly through windows in the ceiling, falling onto simple furnishings. Lanterns and candles were gathered in groups on tables and shelves carved into the walls of earth.
The characters were well understood and the story had some interesting twists I wasn’t expecting! I thought the sketchbook with the additional illustrations was a nice touch too. I would’ve cherished this book in my childhood and it even possesses a vintage feel with the beautiful illustrations and cover. My rating on this one is 5*****
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553538187
- ISBN-13: 978-0553538182
Emily Winfield Martin
She works in a tiny nook of a studio filled with old children’s books, wind-up toys, and stacks of fabric. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, music, myths, carnivals, children’s books from the late 19th through mid 20th century, her favorite films, and autobiography.
She likes bears and sea monsters and seashell pink poppies. She lives and works among the giant fir trees of Portland, OR.