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Snow White and Rose Red Hardcover – April 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South (April 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558580549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558580541
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,401,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Every detail of this intricately illustrated volume seems to extol the triumph of beauty and purity, as symbolized by the lovely, fragile rose. Floral garlands adorn the book inside and out, and heart-shaped rosette wreaths frame each page number. Romping blissfully through the flora, the eponymous sisters exhibit a cherubic innocence, their chubby cheeks and rounded bodies suffused in a soft glow. In contrast the woeful bear embodies a feral shagginess, evoking the ursine images from Spirin's Once There Was a Tree. As with this artist's previous fairy tale interpretations, the superbly executed paintings enhance the story's grandeur; at times, however, the effect is somewhat diminished by the characters' frozen, china-doll expressions. This enduring tale distinguishes between the personalities of the two girls but, happily, makes no judgments. The book's handsome design adds to its Old World allure: text and art are set forth in ruled, arch-shaped borders, while Spirin's colorations suggest medieval tapestries. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-- In the last few years, Spirin has demonstrated to American audiences that he is indeed a "master" of classical illustration. In fact, as with his The White Cat (Orchard, 1990) and Rumpelstiltskin (Dial, 1991), his work here seems to deliberately evoke the "Old Masters" of medieval and Renaissance painting. His palette is deep and subtle, overlaid with a smoky haze of warm gold that heightens the timeless quality of the tale. While there is a certain sameness in his use of formal, arched frames on every page, he does occasionally move the action or character outside that boundary, adding an element of interest to the otherwise static composition. The text, based on an 18th-century translation of the Grimms' original, is adequate although unremarkable. All the elements of the tale are here, and the language is formal enough to match the mood of the illustrations without being stilted. Libraries with a demand for illustrated editions of traditional tales will find this a highly satisfactory addition to their folk and fairy tale collections. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CMH on September 28, 2007
Format: Library Binding
Amazon has confused several different items. They have attached the "Editorial reviews" for a hardcover book of the Brothers Grimm's Snow White and Rose Red illustrated by Gennady Spirin and published by Philomel to a School & Library book illustrated by James Weren with cartoon-style illustrations and an adudio cassette, both published by Troll Associates. Other versions of this classic fairy tale with different illustrators have their own separate reviews as these completely different items should. When dealing with children's picture books, different illustrators create entirely different books. All the Spirin and Werren versions share is a title.
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Format: Paperback
I have to agree with a previous reviewer about the importance of mentioning the illustrators of the various versions of the same fairy tale [depending on the translator, whether it is an adaptation etc]. It makes a lot of difference to the story and also the appreciation of the work as a whole [text and illustrations].

This review is of "Snow White and Rose Red" as retold and illustrated by Bernadette Watts. The retelling is well done, making for an easy read for young readers, and in simple language [relatively short sentences, not much embellishment]. The illustrations are simply beautiful, in full-color, and bring the story alive. The illustrations cover the entire page and are intricate and detailed, enhancing the story. Young and old readers alike will delight in this story, not only for the tale itself, but also for the beautiful illustrations. A must-have for collectors and a must-read for lovers of fairy tales, young and old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a story I remembered loving as a child. It is not as politically correct as today's children's literature -- a troll displays all kinds of rude behavior and then is killed at the end by a "Bear". My girls (3 and 6) gave this book and all its elements lots of thought and it prompted considerable discussion. In the end, however, the story illustrates great love between two sisters which has made this one of my girls' favorites as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belinda on March 21, 2014
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Good children's book, hard to find in the stores as the story is out dated but is so true of any two children at home who are very different
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Shorten on November 6, 2013
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Well-written story with charming illustrations. May keep this copy and buy a second for my granddaughter.

Would rate five stars if any proof-reader would have caught the missing letter "t" in the use of the word "heir" that should have been "their."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulette the nurse on September 22, 2013
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I have two granddaughters and wanted them to read this classical fairytale of kindness within a family. Colorful pictures to view too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Kat on March 23, 2013
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A beauty of a book. The pictures transport you to storyland. Story simply told with a happy ending. All of her books are full of art. The 5 yo I got it for had to share it at show & tell. The bad elf is disposed of by a right thinking bear. You don't see it but you get the point. This is a good over evil story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Stingray on April 23, 2013
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Gorgeous illustrations that come to life on the page and evoke a sense of Old German nostalgia. This is the original Grimm's fairy tale, which I love. This storybook stays true to the original text while still being appropriate for children. Everyone should purchase this!
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