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The Snow Queen (Confident Readers) Paperback – September 1, 2011

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The sophisticated, surreal and dreamlike illustrations created through mixed media, including manipulated photographs of dolls, flowers and paper constructions, often charmingly spill over onto the pages of text. --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Sarah Lowes has always been fascinated by stories. She spent the early part of her career as a Primary School teacher where she was able to study the effects of the written and spoken word on young children. She then trained as a psychotherapist, specializing in fairy tales and realizing that story creates a kind of trance where all things are possible and many things can be healed. Sarah lives in Liverpool, England and has a private practice as a psychotherapist and as a creative consultant to professional writers.

Miss Clara is a French artist with a great following among readers of fairy tales. Her illustrations start with tiny and intricately detailed paper maquettes of princesses, elves, wolves and enchanted scenes which she photographs and completes digitally.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: NC930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Confident Readers
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846866626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846866623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ellen M. Gibb on June 25, 2013
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At a time when we need more stories for young girls in which a girl is the heroine who saves the day, it would not be possible to do better than The Snow Queen, retold by Sarah Lowe and illustrated by Miss Clara for young readers, 6-10 years old. This is an enchanting version of a favorite fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, and so exquisitely illustrated by Miss Clara (Clare Guiral, a French artist and illustrator) that I have given this little book as a gift to several adult girlfriends! The illustrations are extraordinary--the characters and animals and "props" (castles, sleds, cottages) have all been fashioned from papier mache by Miss Clara in a style that is delicate, miniaturized, and enchanting. In fact, when I first saw them, the thought that they were papier mache never entered my head. All I saw was a delicate foreign world in a soft, gorgeous palette of blues, greys, whites, with occasional dollops of red, orange, and gold. There is no way to describe with words the inventiveness of Miss Clara's tiny dolls and wolves and owls. They are delightful. The story itself is somewhat strange, as it was in the original by Anderson. This is a fairy tale which is entertaining for children but takes a lifetime to fully understand. This is the sort of literature we should be giving our children, a literature which contains meanings and values which are slowly re-considered and remembered throughout life....stories of magic and wonder illustrated by artists capable of such ethereal beauty and delight. This version of The Snow Queen is a treasure to keep and re-visit long after childhood has passed. Take a look, too, at The Twelve Dancing Princesses, also illustrated by Miss Clara. It is equally enchanting!
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I totally agree with the other reviewer. This book is very captivating and enchanting. The unusual photographs transport the reader to another realm. Be sure to buy the other two books in the series before they sell out. Buy the hardback versions from independent dealers or Amazon. The paperbacks are not as luxurious and detailed.
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I bought this for my 6 year old who really wanted to get an audio book for Christmas. She loves Frozen, but I wanted her to hear the original story of the Snow Queen. She read/listened to it twice in one day. The illustrations inside are beautiful!
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