THE SNOWSTORM by Selina Chonz


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It is lamentable that the author-illustrator team of Selina Chonz and Alois Carigiet, whose A Bell For Ursli and Florina and the Wild Bird, received such warm acclaim, should suffer so disastrously at the hands of an inadequate translation. This story of Florina and Ursli's ordeal in a snowstorm and of their love for an old weather tree is beautifully illustrated, -- one is transported to the exhilarating atmosphere of the Swiss countryside -- and doubtless, there is a story here. But the awkward and monotonous quality of the rhymed couplets through which the story is told, all but makes one dizzy. A straight prose version of the text might have resulted in a uniquely charming book, but The Snowstorm, as it now reads, is a distorted reflection of an enticing promise.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1958
Publisher: Henry Walck