Friday, January 11, 2013

Picture Book Review: The Snow Princess

The Snow Princess

The Snow Princess
Written and illustrated by:  Ruth Sanderson
Published by: Little Brown and Company, 2004

* I happened to find this book while browsing the shelves of the children's section at the library.  The title caught my eye, because we recently experienced some snow.....and I usually check out any book with "princess" in the title since my daughter is such a lover of all "princess" things. 

This fairy tale is inspired by a Russian opera. Father Frost and Mother Spring had a daughter Snow Princess.  When the Snow Princess got older she really wanted to go out and explore the world.  Her parents let her, but warned her that she was not to fall in love.  For if she did, she would no longer be safe from death.  But of course she does end up meeting a boy, Sergei.  She helps to save his life and the two fall in love, which turns Snow Princess (Katia) human. Mother Spring tells her daughter, "You will die surely you are human and mortal, and like all mortals, you will grow old and die." 

The illustrations in this book are beautiful.  Sanderson captures the coldness of the snow but the beauty of the Snow Princess.  The glittering snow on the cover
was also eye-catching.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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