The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
  

The Snow Queen

Written by Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrated by Lucie Arnoux


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Naomi Lewis' sensitive translation of this magnificent picture book edition of The Snow Queen charts the passage of Kay and Gerda through the summer and winter adventures (the rose, the splinters of ice) from childhood to maturity. Le Cain's paintings of winter landscape, the ermine coated Snow Queen, the summer garden (where the roses, whose roots are below the earth, can tell Gerda that Kay is not dead) are magical and intense.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

When Kai is cursed by a magic mirror, he can no longer perceive goodness in anything - not his best friend Gerda, nor the roses in the garden. One wintry evening, he is kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen and swept away to live for ever in her kingdom of ice.Friendless and shoe-less, Gerda must travel through inhospitable lands, with only crows to guide her and bandits for company, in order to find her beloved friend. And when she gets there, how will she melt the ice in his heart? Nearly two centuries after its first publication, The Snow Queen endures as a tale of love and loss, good and evil, and loyalty in the face of great hardships.

Reviews

An ice-packed story that is sure to melt the hearts of children everywhere Lancashire Evening Post This frosty winter tale of wickedness and ice magic still has the power to beguile and enchant Dad Info A lovely edition [of a] timeless story The Lady A nicely packaged new edition is of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Misha Hoekstra, with beautiful illustrations by Lucie Arnoux Spectator, Christmas Books A stunningly illustrated retelling of an acclaimed fairy tale with a mix of naturalistic and surrealistic artwork, this translation captures the spirit of one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous works smartbooksforsmartkids.com A fresh new translation of these two classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen recreates the lyrical beauty and pathos of the Danish genius

-- Eva Lucia Music and Literature Blog This is an attractive version of a timeless tale The School Librarian

About the Author

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, and his early life was full of great sadness. His family was very poor. His father was a sad shoemaker. His father would read him a story every day at 2:00. His father died when he was 11 years old. When Hans Andersen was the age of 14 he ran away to Copenhagen.

Andersen was Denmark's most famous author. Andersen wrote as many as 350 stories. His books are read all over the world. Here are 5 of the many stories hewrote: The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Red Shoes. One of his most interesting book's is The Emperor's New Clothes It is about a king who is very vain,and two people teach him a lesson. Andersen always wanted new things, but he could not buy them. This story is a reflection of his life.

All of the stories Andersen wrote were with a great desire to make people laugh. He also wrote because he didn't want children to have a sad childhood as he did. He also wanted to fill little girls' and little boys' hearts full of joy and laughter. He always wrote with a sly humour. Through his writings, Andersen felt more self fulfilled.

Even after his death Hans Christian Andersen is still remembered today. Hans Andersen died on August 4, 1875. Denmark's people always celebrate his birthday with a party called "Odin Story Day". The Andersen home in Odense is now a museum, and thousand of people visit it every year. After he died people read his stories and loved them just like when he was alive.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Author

Hans Christian Andersen
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Publisher

Pushkin Children's Books

Publication date

1st October 2015

ISBN

9781782691037

Publisher Profile

Pushkin Children's Books is an imprint of Pushkin Children's Books

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Pushkin Children's Books was launched in 2013 to share tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide, colourful worlds these stories offer. From picture books and adventure stories to fairy tales and classics, and from fifty-year-old bestsellers to current huge successes abroad, the books on the Pushkin Childrens list reflect the very best stories from around the world, for our most discerning readers of all: children. Twitter @PushkinPress www.facebook.com/PushkinPress

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