I’m so excited to share this gorgeous little gem with you. In my opinion, Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin is a must-have for anyone that loves fairy tales and stunning art in children’s books.
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Emily Winfield Martin is quickly establishing herself as a formidable children’s author and illustrator and I love her work.
The illustrations are simply gorgeous.
This book is one of the most visually beautiful middle grade books I’ve seen in a long time.
This is no surprise, of course. Emily Winfield Martin is an amazing artist and has created several breathtaking books. Snow and Rose is just the next one on her all-star roster.
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This is NOT a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It’s a retelling of a different fairy tale called Snow White and Rose Red. These two girls are sisters, even though they look nothing alike. Rose has dark hair and Snow has light, almost white hair. One day, their father leaves home and doesn’t come back.
Left destitute, the girls and their mother move into a cottage in the woods. As the girls explore the woods, they meet interesting characters and have adventures, all while puzzling over the mystery of their missing father.
This story is full of magic.
And mystery, bandits, animals, and a mighty huntsman, along with a curious library and a new friend. The sisters learn what they’re made of and discover what they believe in.
It’s a beautiful story and I can’t wait to see the finished book. I read an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy), and several of the illustrations were either missing or still just sketches.
Even so, the artwork was breathtaking. It’s stylized and has gorgeous colors. The finished book is going to be stunning.
It’s a short book.
You could easily read it in one or two sittings.
One of the things I like about it is the authentic feel. Things don’t always go well for the sisters, but by working together they learn what they can accomplish. It feels like an old fairy tale, but has the pace of a new one. It’s brilliant, really.
Source: The publisher sent me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
About the Book
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 10, 2017)
A New York Times bestselling author-illustrator brings readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”
Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do. . . .
Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.
Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.
But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.
This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.
Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.
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