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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – October 1, 1987

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?" repeatedly asks the Queen, Snow White's stepmother. She always gets the answer she wants, until Snow White turns seven, and the mirror must truthfully answer, "Snow White." At the news, the Queen turns yellow and green with envy and commands the huntsman to kill Snow White and bring her "lung and liver as a token." Thus begins another enchanting fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm!

Kirkus Reviews called this collaboration between Randall and Nancy Eckholm Burkert "a sort of legend even before its time of publication." Jarrell also wrote The Bat-Poet and The Animal Family, a Newbery Honor Book. Jarrell retained the Grimm (and grim) ending to the tale, as the stepmother is forced to dance to her death. Burkert's illustrations are magical, light-filled creations that more than earn the book its Caldecott Honor Book status. This delightful book's extra-large format showcases the fabulously detailed illustrations, alternating two facing pages of art with two pages of straight text. This is an unforgettable interpretation of a well-loved story. (Ages 6 to 9) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A stunning version of the Grimms' classic story. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (October 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833599054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833599056
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,580,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Fees on June 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was one of my favorite's at our school's library when I was younger. This is far from Disney's version. The illustrations are breath-taking and moody at times, yet they embrace the simple essence of the story. The text is perfect for reading aloud but the pictures deserve many glances. The details in the illustrations are something to behold. Children will enjoy this version but also anyone on the college level interested in fantasy literature and illustration. Bottom Line: A simple yet elegant edition worthy of having a place on your bookshelf. A+
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The reviewer who said this book wasn't for her 5-year old is right. It's not the Disney we all grew up with but rather more grim. It would be for older children. And adults. Read on.
The real treasure in this book is the incredible illustrations. Nancy Burkert has given her pictures a strong mediaeval feel, the detail in each one being extensive. You won't find Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, et al. here but rather dwarfs: short men with normal-sized heads. For example, the scene in which they are depicted mourning Snow White is truly amazing. You can feel their grief as you see them standing 'round the glass coffin.
This book is interesting for the story-line but absolutely worth owning if you enjoy and appreciate exquisite illustration.
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If you like your fairy tales totally authentic and not Disney-sized, you will love this one! It's Snow-White with all the scary parts left in--the wicked stepmother asking for the liver and lungs of the dead Snow-White, the prince falling in love with a dead body---it would have been a little much for my sons had they not been 8 and 11 at first reading! As it was, they liked this a lot---perhaps because I don't let them watch horror movies and this is as close as they get!

But besides that, this is a beautiful book. It's an interesting set-up, with all the writing on alternate double pages and the big picture spreads on the others. The pictures are extremely detailed and wonderful to look at. However, if you are doing this as a read-aloud, it's sometimes hard to give the pictures their due, as the kids are eager to hear what happens next and you have to turn to the page to read that. It's the sort of book you would need to have around the house a lot, so they would be able to look at it at their leisure.

I would say this is most definately for ages 8 and up or so! It's a gorgeous book, and a more compelling story than the fairy tale I remember.
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By A Customer on February 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Parents - read these stories to your kids. No, the Brothers Grimm are not Disney. They are not a contrived fantasy world that teaches your children little fairies will come and save them from their troubles when something goes wrong. Disney is good for sing-a-longs. Parents, if you want to teach your children *life lessons* about growing up, about facing their fears, and about not being ashamed of who they are, read the Grimm tales to them. Then, after you're done, explain to them what these books entail. Teach your child about *life.* Allow their minds to function, because a nonfunctioning mind is clinically dead. .....stories of the unconscious.....
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Format: Paperback
Quick someone, grab some rope. Disney is down and we need to protect ourselves while we can. ;) It is so wonderful to see this beautiful tale restored to its original depth and content. The translation is marvelous, from showing the queen being overpowered by jealousy, to the interest and friendliness of the woodland creatures. And the illustrations!! No strange little cartoon creatures here, just reagular dwarf men, neither spooky nor kooky. The illustrations are so beautiful, one can't help becoming absorbed in the intricacy and detail of each tree and piece of fabric! A truly wonderful book!
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My daughter had lost her hardback copy and I gave her the paperback one. She was VERY excited! This is the best version of Snow White I have ever read. It has the best illustrations and the best language used in a fairy tale!
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Jarrell translated this famous folk tale of the Grimm Brothers (Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, 1785 1863, and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, 1786-1859) of the princess who is forced to hide from her evil stepmother. Jarrell retains the grim ending to the Grimm brothers tale. This issue was illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkett and it was a 1973 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustration in a children's book. It is a book that should be on the shelves of all serious students of children literature.
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Format: Hardcover
I arrived on this planet at the twilight of the sixties, and in time for the dawn of the seventies. Like many raised during that era, Grosset & Dunlap Puppet Storybooks were a staple of my childhood. During my first few days of life, courtesy of my then-three-year-old sister, this version of "Snow White" was the first book ever read to me, and I have fond memories of this and many other Puppet Storybooks. It would be lovely if these could be brought back into print so a new generation could enjoy them.
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