Title: The Snow Queen
Author: Misha Hoekstra (Translator), Lucie Arnoux (Illustrator), Hans Christian Andersen, Helen Crawford-white (Designer)
Genre: Children’s Literature
Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books
When Kai is cursed by a magic mirror, he can no longer perceive goodness in anything – not his best friend Gerda, nor the roses in the garden. One wintery evening, he is kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen and swept away to live for ever in her kingdom of ice.
Friendless and shoe-less, Gerda must travel through inhospitable lands, with only crows to guide her and bandits for company, in order to find her beloved friend. And when she gets there, how will she melt the ice in his heart?
Nearly two centuries after its first publication, The Snow Queen endures as a tale of love and loss, good and evil, and loyalty in the face of great hardships.
If you’re a fan of the Disney movie, Frozen, you’ll love this story! Frozen is based on this fairy tale.
I first heard the story of The Snow Queen when I was six years old. My mother read it to me during my fairy tale phase. I was an imaginative young girl and I loved fairy tales. Even to this day, there’s something magical about reading fairy tales, and The Snow Queen is one of my favorites.
The Devil is up to no good when he breaks his magical mirror. It shatters into a million pieces and tiny shards of glass pierce people’s eyes and hearts. Suddenly, they see only the negative things in life and their hearts are frozen to love. The Devil laughs and is gleeful at all these humans acting mean and distancing themselves from love and family.
This is what happens to young Kai and before anyone can figure out what happened, he’s kidnapped by the Snow Queen. She sees the frozen heart of his and vows to make him hers.
Gerta is Kai’s best friend and when Kai disappears, she puts on her new red shoes and tries to find him. She asks the flowers, birds and even the big river. No one knew where Kai is. She continues on her journey to find Kai, not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Will they be reunited or will Kai freeze to death under the Snow Queen’s kisses?
I loved this translation and the illustrations were beautiful. Well done, Pushkin Children’s Books!
I highly recommend this book to everyone and it’s a must-read! It makes a beautiful gift, too.
Thank you to Pushkin Children’s Books and Netgalley for a complimentary copy in exchange for my review.
“In the valleys, the roses grow, The Child of God we’ll come to know…”
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N