The Snow Princess

The Snow Princess

By:  Sanderson, Ruth
Sanderson, Ruth

9781566569859
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2014/10/16
Interlink Books

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8.5 X 11.0 in
32 pg



JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General

A BEAUTIFUL RETELLING OF THE CLASSIC RUSSIAN FOLKTALE WITH LAVISH FULL-COLOR OIL PAINTINGS When the Snow Princess sets off to see the world, Father Frost and Mother Spring warn her never to fall in love, lest she lose her immortality. She journeys alone through many lands, keeping her heart cold, but finds herself drawn to a kind and handsome young shepherd named Sergei. The Snow Princess begins to fall in love with him, but her parents’ warning haunts her dreams, and she must finally decide her own fate in the chaos of a powerful snowstorm that threatens Sergei’s life. Inspired by a Russian ballet and illustrated with Ruth Sanderson’s lush oil paintings, this original fairy tale will charm readers of all ages.

''It is easy to underestimate the power of Sanderson's exquisite oil paintings, with their glowing textures and near-perfect detail. Most of the full-page, full-bleed illustrations are done in every shade and tonality of blue, from the ice to midnight, and she uses the washed gold of winter sunlight to pick out other effects. The page spread of the Snow Princess in her snowflake-studded, ermine-trimmed cloak, her dark hair afloat, with her hand resting on a striding polar bear, will make little girls in particular swoon.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Sanderson's version of a Russian folktale is based on the Tchaikovsky opera-ballet The Snow Princess, which recasts the traditional story as a romance in which the daughter of Father Frost enters the human world and finds her icy heart warmed, to her parents' dismay, by a handsome youth. Sanderson's resplendent oils have a suitably chilly polish, and children will be transfixed by the characters' elaborate Byzantine costumes. Sanderson stays true to her source in every detail but one: in the opera the girl is as doomed as her folktale counterpart, but Sanderson allows her to forgo her immortality to stay with the man she loves.'' --Booklist

''Want a cozy read-aloud for chilly nights? The Snow Princess is an exquisite choice…Author/Illustrator Ruth Sanderson uses words and images to masterful effect. Initially, pictures are rendered in cool tones: blue, gray, black. As the story continues, the oil paintings begin to glow with greater color and warmth, in keeping with the Snow Princess's blossoming love.'' --Washington Parent

''Sanderson's version of a Russian folktale is based on the Tchaikovsky opera-ballet The Snow Princess, which recasts the traditional story as a romance in which the daughter of Father Frost enters the human world and finds her icy heart warmed, to her parents' dismay, by a handsome youth. Sanderson's resplendent oils have a suitably chilly polish, and children will be transfixed by the characters' elaborate Byzantine costumes. Sanderson stays true to her source in every detail but one: in the opera the girl is as doomed as her folktale counterpart, but Sanderson allows her to forgo her immortality to stay with the man she loves.'' --Booklist

''Want a cozy read-aloud for chilly nights? The Snow Princess is an exquisite choice…Author/Illustrator Ruth Sanderson uses words and images to masterful effect. Initially, pictures are rendered in cool tones: blue, gray, black. As the story continues, the oil paintings begin to glow with greater color and warmth, in keeping with the Snow Princess's blossoming love.'' --Washington Parent

''Sanderson's version of a Russian folktale is based on the Tchaikovsky opera-ballet The Snow Princess, which recasts the traditional story as a romance in which the daughter of Father Frost enters the human world and finds her icy heart warmed, to her parents' dismay, by a handsome youth. Sanderson's resplendent oils have a suitably chilly polish, and children will be transfixed by the characters' elaborate Byzantine costumes. Sanderson stays true to her source in every detail but one: in the opera the girl is as doomed as her folktale counterpart, but Sanderson allows her to forgo her immortality to stay with the man she loves.'' --Booklist

''Want a cozy read-aloud for chilly nights? The Snow Princess is an exquisite choice…Author/Illustrator Ruth Sanderson uses words and images to masterful effect. Initially, pictures are rendered in cool tones: blue, gray, black. As the story continues, the oil paintings begin to glow with greater color and warmth, in keeping with the Snow Princess's blossoming love.'' --Washington Parent

''Sanderson's version of a Russian folktale is based on the Tchaikovsky opera-ballet The Snow Prince --Washington Parent

''Sanderson's version of a Russian folktale is based on the Tchaikovsky opera-ballet The Snow Princess, which recasts the traditional story as a romance in which the daughter of Father Frost enters the human world and finds her icy heart warmed, to her parents' dismay, by a handsome youth. Sanderson's resplendent oils have a suitably chilly polish, and children will be transfixed by the characters' elaborate Byzantine costumes. Sanderson stays true to her source in every detail but one: in the opera the girl is as doomed as her folktale counterpart, but Sanderson allows her to forgo her immortality to stay with the man she loves.'' --Booklist

''Want a cozy read-aloud for chilly nights? The Snow Princess is an exquisite choice…Author/Illustrator Ruth Sanderson uses words and images to masterful effect. Initially, pictures are rendered in cool tones: blue, gray, black. As the story continues, the oil paintings begin to glow with greater color and warmth, in keeping with the Snow Princess's blossoming love.'' --Washington Parent


Ruth Sanderson is the highly acclaimed illustrator of over 75 books for children. Her fairy tale retellings include The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rose Red and Snow White, Cinderella, The Snow Princess, Goldilocks and Papa Gatto. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. The Texas Bluebonnet Award was given to her retelling of The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring. She lives with her husband in Easthampton, Massachusetts. - Ruth Sanderson is the highly acclaimed illustrator of over 75 books for children. Her fairy tale retellings include The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rose Red and Snow White, Cinderella, The Snow Princess, Goldilocks and Papa Gatto. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. The Texas Bluebonnet Award was given to her retelling of The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring. She lives with her husband in Easthampton, Massachusetts.