The Snow Queen by Adrian Mitchell

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A celebrated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of friendship and loyalty. Gerda and Kai are faithful companions until one day Kai is snatched away by the wicked Snow Queen. Gerda sets out across the frozen wastes to rescue her friend. During her treacherous journey she encounters many strange and wonderful characters: some of them try to stop her finding Kai, and others help her on her way.
 

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Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) was a Danish poet, novelist, and writer of fairy tales.T. Pym is the pseudonym of 19th-century illustrator Clara Creed.
 
Published June 13, 2015 by Gulliver Books. 45 pages
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When Gerda almost freezes in her pursuit of the kidnapped Kay, her breath becomes as hot as steam and takes the shape of warrior angels who cause the snow to fall ``into thousands of pieces.'' The illustrations by Lynch are spectacular, fraught with lush and imaginative detail: In his interpretat...

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Italian illustrator Baroni’s background in character design brings a fantasy aesthetic to Godeau’s retelling of this Andersen fairy tale. Kay and Gerda are drawn as older children with lean features a

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Lynch (Melisande; The Steadfast Tin Soldier) brings exquisite grace and elegance to his illustrations of Andersen's classic story of the power of love to heal even the most hardened and icy heart. The

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Lewis's commanding translation of this Andersen classic rings with nobility even as it maintains a colloquial jauntiness. The famously gripping narrative, of tender-hearted Gerda's epic quest to rescu

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For example, the Snow Queen's guards, described by Andersen as ``great ugly porcupines, others like snakes rolled into knots with their heads peering out, and others like little fat bears with bristling hair,'' are pictured as splintered icy dragons or gargoyles under attack from triumphant golde...

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Gr 3–7—Gerda and Kai are neighbors and best friends, but when fragments of an evil magic mirror lodge in Kai's eye and heart, he no longer sees Gerda for the sweet girl that she is. As his heart hardens, he leaves his family and friends to follow the Snow Queen to her wintry pala

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Gr 2–4—Greatly abbreviated, this is a fairly faithful summary of Andersen's lengthy tale of childhood friendship disrupted and regained through evil forces, magic, and forbearance. Small changes lend a bit of coherence in introducing the complex array of players and events in Kay's disappearance ...

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Gr 3–6—Young listeners who are devoted Frozen fans may be interested in this classic fairy tale from which the movie was loosely adapted. Some of the plotlines seem a bit disconnected from the main course, but they eventually guide listeners through vivid characterization and al

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