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Blessed--or cursed--with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she's known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn't hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and in ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published January 1st 2008)
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Betsy
As I see it, there are two different ways to adapt a fairy tale into a full-length novel. You can either reinterpret the entire shebang with a whole new spin on the formerly familiar (ala A Curse Dark as Gold or The Magic Circle) or you can take the essential parts of the original tale and just fill them out with some depth and padding (ala Beauty). Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow falls squarely into the latter category. Now if I was a fairy tale snob I might get all huffy that Jessica Day George's b ...more
Angie
In the fairy tale mood, I was looking for something to follow up Master of Shadows. Jessica Day George's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow looked like just the ticket. A retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale, I was both excited and nervous. For various reasons I have a hard time getting into retellings of this fairy tale and, though I did enjoy Edith Pattou's East, I've been hoping ever since to find a version I liked better. And I found one. I first loved the cover. I like the ...more
Jacob Proffitt
This review has been hard for me to write because the author, Jessica Day George, is a friend—and not in some squishy, internet way, either, but in a book group, get-together-every-month kind of way. You wouldn't think that'd make this hard considering that I enjoyed the book immensely—and despite several strikes against it from a personal taste perspective, too!

The novel has a fairy-tale feel, though in a solidly Norsk setting (I don't know how better to name it—it's northern with all the ice a
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C. L.
If I read one more young adult novel that features the hero physically overriding the heroine's will, I will set something on fire.

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jo mo
1.5/5

this version of east of the sun & west of the moon was a pleasant read.

pika, lass or whatever you might call her, lacked substance, meaning she wasn't a fleshed out character. all of jessica day george's books seem to have this particular problem. the author draws a strict line between evil vs. good, so the reader makes no mistake as to categorize who's the hero and who's the villain. which is a shame.

there is more than just one side to a person than that! i'm disappointed once again
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Anne Osterlund
The lass has no name.
But she has a gift. The ability to speak to animals.
And the inability to give up.

When the white bear arrives on her doorstep, promising her family wealth if she will live with him for a year, the lass says, “Yes.”

A promise that will take her west of the moon and east of the sun.

A fairy tale with echoes of Beauty and the Beast and Rose Red and Snow White. I particularly liked the Norwegian setting. From the lefsa to the white reindeer.
Julie
Jun 23, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
The ability to tell a story with characters who have warmth, humor, and humanity to them is my greatest reason for loving Jessica Day George's work. Sun and Moon is a fabulous retelling of the fairytale: East of the Sun West of the Moon. The Nameless ninth daughter of a poor woodcutter saves a white deer and is given the gift of speaking to animals which leads her on an adventure where she's stuck living with a polar bear for a year and a day so her family can have wealth. Loved the book, love t ...more
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
Middle-school level retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I think I would have liked this much better when I was 13. For older readers who like fairy tale novelizations, Edith Pattou's East is a more complex retelling of this particular story.
Misty
The lass leads a lonely life. She lives in a remote little Norwegian village that is blanketed by a strange, never-ending winter. Her mother refused to name her, and she is largely disregarded by all but her father and her beloved eldest brother, Hans Peter, who seems to the lass to be hiding a deep pain. But when the lass is blessed with the strange ability to be able to speak to animals, her life begins to change. People of all kinds seek her out for help -- and then, so does an isbjorn, a mas ...more
Colleen Houck
A sweet rendition of the classic fairy tale. Enjoyed the read.
Thomas
I gave this book five stars after reading it a couple of years ago, but now I'm moving it down to four. I don't think it was as great as the other books I've given five stars, why is why I'm lowering its rating.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I had never been exposed to the story before, so I can't really compare the two - however, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Jessica Day George keeps the plot moving without sacrificing
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Laura V.
Tan lindo como el cuento del que proviene .
Aunque la autora no ha innovado en nada, y si lees esto o el cuento original es lo mismo, sí tiene la ventaja de ser más largo, un poco más desarrollado y con una que otra trama detrás.
Amo a Hans Peter. Me encanta lo mucho que lass ama a su hermano, haciendo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarlo.
Lo que mata es la curiosidad, literalmente. Se pierden muchas cosas en el intento de lass de dar respuestas a los enigmas que rodean el palacio y al isborjn,
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Majo

Este libro está basado en la leyenda noruega Al este del sol y al oeste de la luna, una de mis favoritas, así que estaba muy ansiosa por leer un retelling de ella.
Pero, en cierta forma, fue como leer la leyenda una vez más, porque la historia no ha sufrido grandes cambios. Todos los elementos que forman parte de ella están ahí, desde el príncipe que se convierte en oso, hasta las tres ancianas y los cuatro vientos que la ayudan. ¡Incluso los trueques con la princesa!

Claro que la autora agrego un
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a fairy tale set in a snowy Norwegian village featuring an ice palace, enchanted bears, and a girl without a name who can talk to creatures. Inspired by Norwegian folklore and the fairy tale titled East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon, Jessica Day George takes us on a magical adventure full of fantasy, talking creatures, trolls and a Princely romance.

The story starts out at a Woodcutter’s house w
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Sierra Abrams
This story is about a girl, the youngest in a family of twelve children, a girl with no name. The lass, she is called by her older brother, Hans-Peter. They live in a fantasy version of Nothern Europe, where snow is always falling and the families are always cold. After being effected by the enchantment of a White Reindeer, the lass finds she can talk to animals… And when she has a sudden encounter with a magical bear, called an isbjorn (which literally means ice bear), the lass heads off on a j ...more
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Aynab
To be perfectly honest, this book wasn't that involving. It lacked creativity and was really simple plot-wise. The decisions she makes at times are really irritating, especially when she basically kills three of her 'friends' from her curiosity. Sure, I would be curious too if I were in that palace but this girl obviously doesn't know how to learn from her mistakes. I felt that I totally agreed when Fiona accused her of bringing her 'stupid curiosity' back again.
What I felt was a low sign of he
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Koala
Having read a similar story before, I could roughly guess what the story was about but I was curious as to how this one would be different. And it was indeed different.

The story, for me, was very slow-paced and nothing much ever happened. After the first few days "the lass" spent wandering around the palace, it gets pretty repetitive. She gets curious, she asks one of the servants, they die. You would think that at some point she would realize that she should STOP asking or find other ways to fi
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
In a fairy tale mood as of late. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow suited that mood wonderfully.

I'm by no means a fairy tale aficionado, I'm not sure how closely this follows the age old Norwegian tale. I just know that I fell for the characters, for the story that Jessica Day George unfolds within these pages.

Pika/Lass is everything I like in my fairy tale heroines: Kind, merciful, strong, brave and selfless. Jessica Day George's language is enchanting, lulling with a glorious lullaby effect. All
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Rebecca (Shieldmaiden)
This book was ok, not one of Jessica Day George's better books, I liked the other telling of this Norse tale better North South East and West but it was ok. Kind of interesting to see how she told it in her way although sometimes it didn't make sense and I found things worded wrong and hard to understand. Also I thought it all seemed unreal, cheesy and fake. Not like this world was really real, more like you were reading about this fake world you know what I mean? So yeah it was ok, wouldn't rea ...more
Jo
So had I read this one before Edith Pattou's East I would probably have given it 4 stars. It was a well written story, it just didn't stand up to East. But for anyone who enjoys a well written retold fairy tale it is worth the read.
Meredith
I really enjoyed this book! It's nice to read a fairy tale with some Nordic mythology for a change, and Jessica Day George must have a very intimate knowledge of the old Norse folktales to incorporate elements from them so effortlessly.
Elena
Good fairy tale, based on Norwegian folklore, gave me deeper view on Anderson's "Snow Queen."
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a pleasing middle-grade retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, but it never quite pulled me in the way George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball did. There are some wonderful touches in the book: the Norwegian and Old Norse words and setting, the white stag episode at the beginning, the Lass’s wolf companion, the way the Lass (the pika) has no name and what that means to her and to the story. I also loved
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Julie
This is a novel based on the legend East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

The story is a lot like Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favorite fairytales. I liked how the lass, the main character, didn't judge anyone she encountered. The only type of creature she didn't like was the trolls, which would be because they were the bad guys.
Even though the lass didn't think things would end well she did what she thought was right just because she felt someone should. She hoped for things to end wel
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Summer
This book didn't live up to standards for me. If your gonna write a book, with a plot that's already been used, then ya have to make it a lot better than what Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow popped out. I'm not saying that I didn't like the book, because I did. I was reading it on and off all day long in fact. But it just didn't work for me.

The Pika is a girl who was rejected by her mother at birth for simply being a girl. She was kept and carred for but never named, baptized, or loved as a mother s
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Realteenreviews
Dec 26, 2010 Realteenreviews rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Icebears
The Gist
In a frozen world constantly covered in snow a mother wanted a son, and when she got a daughter instead she refused to name her. The daughter grew up without a name and was known simply as the Lass. The only thing that the Lass wanted more than a name of her own was for her favorite brother, Hans Peter, to be happy. Ever since he came back from a long sea voyage he hasn’t been the same. So, for his sake, the Lass searches for the legendary white reindeer. Myth tells that anyone who catch
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Jenna St Hilaire
This book appealed to me on several fronts: first, by being a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales; second, by being another book by the author of sweet little Tuesdays at the Castle; and third—which I did not find out till I opened it—by giving its heroine the ability to talk to animals, which is one of my favorite magical tropes.

It made for pleasant reading. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a difficult tale to re-tell well; it doesn’t typically work as a romance on account of the
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Amy
Dec 24, 2009 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
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Christine Rains
The youngest of nine children, the woodcutter's daughter never had a name. When she saves a magical white reindeer, she cannot think of a wish other than helping her eldest brother. Yet the reindeer cannot grant the wish she wants, and instead, whispers her a name. Over the next years, the lass develops the talent to talk to animals. Not long after, an unnatural white bear whisks her away to an ice palace in return for riches for her family. She gives her word to stay a year and a day. The lass ...more
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Jessica Day George likes chocolate, knitting, books, travel, movies, dragons, horses, dogs, and her family. These are all things to keep in mind if you ever meet her. For instance, you could bring her chocolate to make the meeting go more smoothly. You could also talk about how adorable her children are, even if you have never seen them. You could discuss dog breeds (she had a Maltese named Pippin ...more
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“Love you always, miss you always... running day and night, leaving the place of sun and moon, of ice and snow.

Never look back, never forget.”
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“And the prince who had once been a bear pulled close the girl who had once had no name, and kissed her.” 25 likes
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