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The Snow Wife-Robert D. San Souci

  • Title: The Snow Wife
  • Author: Robert D. San Souci
  • Released: 1993-09-01
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  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 0803714106
  • ISBN13: 978-0803714106
  • ASIN: 0803714106

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From Publishers Weekly With this carefully balanced adaptation, the author and illustrator of The Samurai's Daughter turn their attentions once again to ancient Japanese legend. As he braves a dangerous blizzard, Minokichi, a woodcutter's apprentice, witnesses a terrifying act: a beautiful, white-robed woman, who seems incarnated from a swirl of icy mist, draws the life out of Minokichi's aged employer. She spares Minokichi after swearing him to secrecy. Soon after, Minokichi marries, and he and his wife, Yuki, live happily for years. One evening, however, Minokichi is reminded of the snow woman and tells Yuki all about her. Yuki dissolves into mist and vanishes, crying, "The woman you saw was I!" The hero's quest to reclaim his wife, told with lilting language and evocative images, involves various supernatural obstacles and results in Yuki's transformation into a mortal. Johnson's full-page, watercolor-and-pastel illustrations in misty violets and burnished golds impart an appropriately delicate and faraway quality to the tale. His still compositions and muted colors take the edge off any frightening images, with the result that the tone here is more mysterious than chilling. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal Grade 2-5-The team that created The Samurai's Daughter (Dial, 1992) turns again to Japanese legend, bringing their considerable talents to bear on a tale with a familiar folklore motif. Caught in a terrible blizzard, two woodcutters take shelter in a mountain hut. During the night, Minokichi, the younger, finds a coldly beautiful woman bending over his companion. Seeing Minokichi's terror, she says that she feels "pity and something deeper" for him, and spares his life, extracting his vow not to tell anyone what he has seen. As she drifts away, he sees that his friend is dead. Returning home, he tells no one of his vision until years later, when he tells his wife of his strange dreamlike experience. His broken promise brings disaster, for before his eyes, Yuki changes into the Woman of the Snow and fades into the mist. Seeking the help of the Wind God, Minokichi undertakes a dangerous journey through montains inhabited by fierce supernatural beings to win back his beloved snow wife. San Souci spins a compelling, atmospheric tale, enhanced by Johnson's equally evocative paintings. His cool, misty watercolors and textured pastels create a strong sense of the snow-filled landscape, underscoring the drama of the retelling. A fine addition to any collection.
Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
 
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