Snow & Rose

Emily Winfield Martin

Book - 2017

Snow and Rose search the forest for their missing father and discover there is a sinister magic at work in the woods. A reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red.

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New York : Random House [2017]
First edition
Physical Description
204 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Main Author
Emily Winfield Martin (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Martin's illustrated rendition of Snow White and Rose Red brings this lesser-known Grimm fairy tale out of obscurity. Taking a few creative liberties—there's no prince, nor any mention of marriage—Martin ventures into an enchanted wood where bandits and monsters prowl, people go missing, and a widow resides with her two daughters: Snow, who is wild and fair, and Rose, who is gentle, with dark hair and rose-petal cheeks. Still grieving their father, the girls find comfort in nature and spend their time exploring the woods, which holds an unimaginable secret. Like most of the Grimm brothers' tales, this peculiar story carries sinister overtones, but Martin does a nice job of keeping the dark atmosphere from overwhelming younger readers, largely through her whimsical touches. A quirky librarian who offers objects rather than books; a boy with an encyclopedic knowledge of mushrooms; a protective bear companion (though that is in the original); fairies; and lovely full-color illustrations—all these elements lend charm and balance to this tale, where avarice and cruelty fall to kindness and love. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Sisters Snow and Rose once lived a charmed life in a grand house with a beautiful garden. After their father disappears into the woods, the girls and their mother are forced to move into a small cottage in the same forest. There, they befriend a boy named Ivo, discover a mysterious library filled not with books but objects, are tricked by a strange little man, and bond with a protective bear. Unfolding over episodic chapters that build to a well-deserved happy ending, this moody fairy tale emphasizes family, friendship, and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Martin's characterization of the two contrary sisters is especially moving: Rose is the type of person who "holds on to a thing she loved as tightly as she could," while Snow wants "to see or hear or taste something she loved over and over again, to remind herself that it was real." The sisters' contradictions make their relationship all the stronger, and Martin's prim full-color paintings and spot illustrations tenderly highlight key characters and moments. Ages 8–12. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–7—This adaptation of "Snow White and Rose Red" makes the classic fairy tale accessible and intriguing for today's readers. Sisters Snow and Rose are daughters of a nobleman who disappeared under troubling circumstances. Forced to vacate their grand residence after their father's presumed death, the girls must now live in a humble forest cottage with their grieving mother. The sisters explore the forest, narrowly escape dangers, discover a peculiar library, repeatedly rescue the strange Little Man, and befriend a young boy named Ivo. Something truly evil lurks in these woods, however, which accounts for the tragically frequent disappearances of locals—perhaps even for their father's disappearance. Each chapter has a vignette feel to it; some of the particularly poignant chapters demonstrate with masterly gentleness how people deal with loss in different ways. Several single pages, interspersed throughout the narrative, recount the prophecies, observations, and dialogue of the forest trees. These pages insert a dark mysteriousness into the flow of the story. Lovely pencil and watercolor illustrations accompany the text, lending a wispy, dreamlike quality to the tale. The suspenseful, dramatic action doesn't really start building until the last quarter of the book, but readers will realize details have been quietly dropped throughout the entire narrative that contribute to the climax and conclusion. VERDICT A solid purchase for most mid-size libraries. Fairy-tale fans will delight in this fascinating spin on a lesser-known tale.—Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A reimagining of the classic fairy tale features two sisters whose life of privilege gives way after their father's disappearance and their mother's descent into sorrow before they embark on a magical adventure in an enchanted wood to break a set of terrible spells. By the creator of Dream Animals. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Give the gift of this stunningly illustrated fairy-tale reimagining from the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be this holiday season—sure to be a modern classic!  Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do. . . .   Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.   Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.   But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.   This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.In Snow & Rose, bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin retells the traditional but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.” The beautiful full-color illustrations throughout and unusual yet relatable characters will bring readers back to this book again and again.   “The deeper meanings of the [story] do emerge, but the pleasure . . . is paramount.” —The New York Times