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SNOW WHITE by Josephine Poole


adapted by Josephine Poole & illustrated by Angela Barrett

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-679-82656-4
Publisher: Knopf

 A graceful, somewhat extended version of the original Grimm, with a gentler ending: instead of being forced to dance to her death in red-hot shoes, the wicked stepmother dies of ``her own poison'' in the form of a rose she intends for the happy bride. Barrett's elegant illustrations, which occupy three-quarters of this large-sized book, are somber and introspective: romantic vistas with snowy crags, a darkly mysterious forest, the lovely, pensive child, a brooding, neurotic stepmother, and the dwarfs depicted as slim, fine-featured little men. Especially intriguing as a contrast to Nancy Ekholm Burkert's illustrations (Caldecott Honor, 1973), which are as elegant but much lighter in mood. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)