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Snow White and Rose Red (Value Books)-Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Barbara Cooney

  • Title: Snow White and Rose Red (Value Books)
  • Author: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Barbara Cooney
  • Released: 1965-09-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 48
  • ISBN: 058215913X
  • ISBN13: 978-0582159136
  • ASIN: 058215913X

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From Publishers Weekly Every detail of this intricately illustrated volume seems to extol the triumph of beauty and purity, as symbolized by the lovely, fragile rose. Floral garlands adorn the book inside and out, and heart-shaped rosette wreaths frame each page number. Romping blissfully through the flora, the eponymous sisters exhibit a cherubic innocence, their chubby cheeks and rounded bodies suffused in a soft glow. In contrast the woeful bear embodies a feral shagginess, evoking the ursine images from Spirin's Once There Was a Tree. As with this artist's previous fairy tale interpretations, the superbly executed paintings enhance the story's grandeur; at times, however, the effect is somewhat diminished by the characters' frozen, china-doll expressions. This enduring tale distinguishes between the personalities of the two girls but, happily, makes no judgments. The book's handsome design adds to its Old World allure: text and art are set forth in ruled, arch-shaped borders, while Spirin's colorations suggest medieval tapestries. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal Grade 1-4-- In the last few years, Spirin has demonstrated to American audiences that he is indeed a "master" of classical illustration. In fact, as with his The White Cat (Orchard, 1990) and Rumpelstiltskin (Dial, 1991), his work here seems to deliberately evoke the "Old Masters" of medieval and Renaissance painting. His palette is deep and subtle, overlaid with a smoky haze of warm gold that heightens the timeless quality of the tale. While there is a certain sameness in his use of formal, arched frames on every page, he does occasionally move the action or character outside that boundary, adding an element of interest to the otherwise static composition. The text, based on an 18th-century translation of the Grimms' original, is adequate although unremarkable. All the elements of the tale are here, and the language is formal enough to match the mood of the illustrations without being stilted. Libraries with a demand for illustrated editions of traditional tales will find this a highly satisfactory addition to their folk and fairy tale collections. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
 
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