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Through the Mirror and Into Snow (Before Happily Ever After Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The two main characters in this sweet tale—Valerie and Samantha—literally become part of the stories we know so well, interacting with their favorite fairy tale characters and helping to move the action along. What child would not like to have this experience themselves? I don’t know the versions by the Brothers Grimm well enough to know how closely the stories in Ann T. Bugg’s book parallel or deviate from them, but to me that’s part of the reading opportunity this book presents to families. Most children likely know these tales from Disney movies, but for true lovers of fairy stories, there’s another world to explore in the originals. After reading this book, children and parents can sleuth out connections between the stories they know and the Grimm versions together, consider how fairy tales evolved as an art form, and even imagine how they might write them themselves if they were lucky enough to find a magic mirror in their own barns.
This is a well-paced and enjoyable read. Valerie’s mother is an entertaining character. Her role in the story—and the witty overall tone in which the book is written—reminds me a bit of the 1990s PBS series Wishbone.
On a technical note, the story did become confusing at times when point of view would jump suddenly. This is explained by the garden gnome narrator, but there is nothing to remind the reader of him from the beginning to the end of the story. Also, the story was supposed to be set hundreds of years ago, but several modern words and concepts were mentioned by the fairy tale characters. Many younger readers will probably not notice these minor details. A clean read and exciting without being too scary.
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