PreS-Gr. 2. Downes, whose embroidery artwork has illustrated such titles as The Starlight Princess
(1999), adds her exceptional talents to this charming retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. Aiken's text is never stilted, with beautiful descriptions, wicked humor, and well-placed colloquialisms: "Now she's really had it," says the queen after Snow White's collapse. The magic mirror's remarks will particularly tickle children: "She is the fairest under the moon / She makes you look like a wicked prune." The queen's demise here is a bit less harsh than in the original tale; instead of dancing to her death in red-hot iron shoes, she accidentally kills herself with a poisoned rose intended for Snow White. Downes coaxes extraordinary atmosphere and expression from her fabric and thread. Children will be transported to the dark, tangled forest and the dwarves' snug cottage, and they'll shiver with delight over the beautiful, vengeful queen; the luscious poisoned apple; and luminous Snow White. Consider this fine, unusual new edition even if your collection already has several copies of the tale. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Joan Aiken is best known for her Lewis Carol Shelf Award winner, The Wolves of Wilbery Chase. She has since gone on to write more than 30 books for children and 22 books for adult. Belinda Downes is one of the world's most successful embroidery designers. Her books include Silent Night, Every Little Angel's Handbooks, and The Starlight Princess and Other Princess Stories.