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Snow White Hardcover – September 22, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525474749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525474746
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,909,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4–This is a rather conventional retelling of the Grimms' story except that Copper has recast the tale with animals in human dress. Snow White, her father, and Prince Charming are rabbits; the evil Queen is a cat; the huntsman a dog; and the seven dwarves are mice. The lush paintings feature deep, rich colors with romantic dress and details, set against velvety dark backgrounds. The illustrations lend a dramatic tone to the retelling, but the conceit of using animals in the human roles undercuts the effect and does little to further readers' understanding of or relation to the tale. In their fancy clothing, the creatures appear ungainly, awkwardly poised on two legs. Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla (2003) and Kat Kong (1993, both Harcourt) use animals to broaden comic effect, but Copper's effort will leave youngsters uninvolved. There are a number of better versions available, including Randall Jarrell's translation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Farrar, 1987), which features distinguished art by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 2. A familiar tale gets a decidedly different look here, with artwork that is as handsome as it is unsettling. Copper uses the unexpurgated version of the Brothers Grimm story in which the wicked queen, disguised as a peddler, visits Snow White in the forest three times. (Even little ones might wonder why, after two near-death experiences--with a too-tight corset and a poison comb--Snow White thinks it's a good idea to buy her apple.) The draw here is primarily the artwork--majestic oil paintings in which all the characters are animals. These are no sweet little four-legged creatures, though. The queen, a green-eyed cat, is both beautiful and loathsome as the story progresses; the seven dwarfs are mice dressed in jerkins and leather britches, their rodent characteristics evident despite their clothes; and Snow White, a pure white rabbit, is imbued with a simplicity that almost causes her death. Drawing on the realism of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century portraiture, the pictures cut a bold swath. Children may not warm to this, but they'll be fascinated. Ilene Cooper
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John W. Davis on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have four grandchildren ages, 2, 3, 4 and six. They (and their parents) all enjoyed the book, especially the illustrations. It was wonderful to revisit the Brothers Grimm version of the story as well as to experience the beautiful full page illustrations. This will be a book that will stay in the family for generations. Melinda Copper is to be congratulated on a wonderful book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clara sawinski on October 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to the K-1 and 4-5th graders at my daughters school. The children were so captivated by the beautiful illustrations that I had to promise to leave the book in the classroom for the day so they could look more closely at it. Once the children got used to the idea that there is more than one version of this classic, they were excited by the antics of the evil step mother cat! The older children loved the detail of the illustrations and the fact that they could see the texture of the canvas in the pictures. The younger ones were delighted by the hamsters and mice. This book raises the standard of children's book illustrations. It will make a wonderful gift for a child of any age!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Artist Melinda Copper has a unique gift - drawing upon the works of master artists she creates paintings in their style but with her own imprimatur - animals. Her paintings of cats, dogs, rabbits are treasures in themselves, sought after by collectors and art aficionados. Thus, her "Snow White" is a marvel for us to cherish.

Words cannot possibly do justice to the beauty of Copper's paintings - precious, irresistible, heart warming come to mind but they aren't enough to describe the attention to detail and luminosity found in Copper's work.

Of course, the story of Snow White is known to all, but it becomes new again with these meticulously drawn images and glorious full page illustrations.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Qedrin Booth on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Copper is a extremely talented artist which is apparent in this beautiful book. A stunning illustration of a classic fairy tale that will please all ages. The details in the illustrations are so vivid that you feel as if you are sitting there in the same room as the characters. This book will be a fine addition to any household and will be cherished for generations to come. I highly recommend this book to all.
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