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The Snow Queen

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Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these color illustrations by T. Pym make the classic Andersen fairy tale even more magical. One of Andersen's best-beloved tales, The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda's search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–i...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Everyman's Library (first published 1845)
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Disney's Frozen said it was based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. That's what piqued my interest in this classic. So, after reading this, I can say fairly that Frozen is VERY loosely based. I found elements that contribute to the world and lore in which Elsa becomes the Snow Queen, but Hans's Snow Queen is less endearing. In short, I'll place the Snow Queen / Frozen comparison in the category of good book, great movie, but each in their own right.

Regarding edition, the Kindle ebook...more
Magic was magic when I was a child. Not italicised or imprisoned by quotation marks.The ‘i’ was never dotted with a heart or a star. It really was just magic. And fey were fey. Their tales were welcome but it was the same welcome that the stories of Aesop with his very ordinary and un-magical donkeys got. So, when I say this was my most beloved story when little, it is not because of the faeries . It is because in a land of damsels in distress and their distress-alleviating princes , I’d found a...more
Yes, this is a fairy tale that I plan to tell my children before I tuck them into bed at night. Holy cow.
This is the tale of a boy and a girl. Simple enough, right? The story hasn't even begun and you know it will be good.
It all begins with a mirror. Made by demons in the pits of Hades, this mirror takes everything good that looks into it and makes it the exact opposite. The better of a person you are, the worse it makes you look.
This mirror shatters. Shards fall to the ear...more
Anna  Matsuyama
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is *again* somehow edited version just like The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen by Naomi Lewis. :(
The illustrations are very beautiful and colourful. However I would recommend The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen as it's, as far I can tell, more faithful to the original tale.

Tim Hatfield
Wonderful story. Evil trolls make a mirror that exasorbates the hideous and evil and diminishes the good in people. They want to take it up to God and show his flaws, the mirror starts laughing out loud at this prospect and they drop it shattering it to pieces. These pieces land in the hearts and eyes of people back on earth turning them into little troll mirrors. Our boy in the story, Kai, gets a shard in his eye and in his heart and begins to be cynical and condescending where once he was char...more
Laura V.
No pude resistirme a leer este cuento cuando vi el reto. Casi me olvidaba que lo había escrito Andersen.
Me encanta. Amo los escenarios con nieve, y este lo tiene a raudales.
Me gusta que la chica salve al chico. Que el bien venza al mal. Que la amistad sea un hilo poderoso. Que existe alguien que cree en ti con la suficiente fuerza como para recorrer medio mundo en tu busqueda.
Al final, no lo entendí. Pero lo pensé y lo repensé y creo que quiere decir que conservaron en su corazón la pureza de...more
Sophie Riggsby
I have to admit to loving Mary Engelbreit's illustrations, so imagine my joy when I discovered this volume of Hans Christian Andersen stories illustrated by Mary? You knew I would pick this up in a hearbeat.

The story follows Gerda's journey as she attempts to rescue her friend, Kay, from the clutches of the Snow Queen. One twist I enjoyed in this classic fairy tale is that every character in here is a girl except the one being rescued. Kay is a boy. I remember loving that twist when my grandmoth...more
Jun 18, 2014 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children who like fairy tales
Shelves: children
I was inspired to read The Snow Queen after watching Frozen, which was loosely based on this story.

Certainly I can see how Frozen was seeded by ideas from The Snow Queen. In this book, there is a brief mention of trolls, a child's heart is frozen by being pierced by a sliver of a broken mirror (in the movie, a child's heart is frozen by being pierced by ice), there is a Snow Queen, there's a reindeer, and in the end, someone is saved by someone else's love.

That's pretty much where the similari...more
I really enjoyed this story. It is nothing like the movie Frozen, it is ten times better. There is some magic, but is the power of prayer that ends up winning the day. I am so writing a story based off this tale someday.
Michelle Llewellyn
Like many other reviewers I read this in order to compare with the latest Disney movie adaptation, Frozen. I wish Disney had used more of the original "girl power" plot elements instead of just glorifying the villain and justifying the new age of non-traditional families.
Hans Christian Andersen's story is about a boy and girl and the adventures they have after accidently encountering an enchanted object that sends the girl on a quest to rescue the boy from the evil Snow Queen. She meets many in...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Another favorite of mine. Imagine your love looking at you with cold eyes, and wanting to do whatever you had to do to get him/her back. This is Gerda's journey. What a courageous girl she is.
I love fairy tales because I grew up with my dad or mom reading to me and my brother fairy tales every night before we went to bed. We were so blessed because my parents didn't have much money and my dad worked 2 jobs and my mom one part time job. But all my dad's coworkers were older with older kids and were very, very generous to give us their children's old books -- especially their fairy tales. I loved listening to our parents reading them us, but I also loved drawing them on whatever paper...more
Petra B
After reading that the new Disney movie "Frozen" was inspired by Anderson's "The Snow Queen", I thought I would read it. It was a very different story than the movie... Matter of fact, it's not even a story about two sisters. It's a story of two friends, a boy and girl. The boy becomes "Infected" with the ice, and the girl goes off to find him when he has forgotten and left her. At the end they find themselves...well, I won't spoil the ending. You have to read it yourself. :) I would recommend r...more
After reading this fairy tale, I understand why Disney had such an hard time to adapt it into a movie (the project was started under Walt Disney and it was placed on hold for decades before finally turning into Frozen in 2013). They pretty much had to throw away 99% of the story and keep only few salvageable bits. I really can't believe this is considered one of Andersen's most famous tales. The plot is all over the places, it contains some objectionable racist content, and quite inappropriate f...more
As a collector of children's hardcover illustrative books, I found this combination of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen and artist Pavel Tatarnikov to be a wonderful read for the colder days of winter. Purple Bear publishes good product and this one is another winner for them.

The story of Kay and his abduction by the Snow Queen is also a tale of loyalty and the struggle between good and evil. When the hobgoblin creates a magic mirror that distorts reality, his mischievous demons decide to tak...more
Anna  Matsuyama
The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen by Naomi Lewis has very beautiful illustrations but is not as good adapted/translated as The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen this one. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is superior when it comes to the translation.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is short retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
After seeing the movie Frozen, I decided it would be interesting to compare various versions of The Snow Queen. Now, after having looked at three different picture book versions, I have decided that I really don't particularly like the story. The various vignettes of action along the way just don't seem to hang together very well. It reminds me of the way some children write: first this happened, then this happened, then this happened, and finally this (slightly more interesting thing) happened....more
It was a bit different than the story I remembered, and closer to the movie that I thought. I really liked it. Evem though there were many allusions to religion, too many for my liking, I really liked its softness and the happy ending.
Very nice book. I always loved Hans Christian Anderson's book!
As a kid, I already watched the movie adaptations of many of his books, like The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, and Thumbelina. Even now as a teen, I am still enjoying his books. Amazing author! I really like his stories. But I think I would have enjoyed this book better if I was like 8 or 9 years old.

My mom bought us this book because we had watched Disneys Frozen. I have to admit the books nothing like the movie bit I really enjoyed it. The ilastrations were very cute and addedc a lot to the story. =)
What can I say? I'm a Mary Engelbreit addict and I only read it for the pictures... ;-)
I didn't read this exact version but I did read an unabridged English translation of this tale. I can only assume that the story loses something in translation because Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen seemed to have no flow or rhythm and read more like a list of facts along a girls journey. I do like some of the imagery used and the strong use of morals as a theme. Generally, the original versions of classic fairy tales are not as we expect and The Snow Queen holds true to this idea - th...more
Mong là sau này sẽ được dựng phim lần nữa ;___;
I can't remember when I realized this was a story and not a recollection of some emotion or dream-memory. It'd hang on my tongue when I was four or five - that girl in the ice wilderness, her friend who needs to be saved, the ice splinter in his heart - when did that happen? Was I there? Who was it? Is it a book? Who wrote it, where did it come from? I couldn't remember.

Gerda's quest for Kay rang bells in me as a little girl, and the memory makes me turn my head away from every Pixar/Disney fra...more
Reread this to refresh my memory after watching Disney's Frozen. Nope, that film was definitely NOT the Snow Queen. And perhaps if they had kept a bit more of the original, the plot wouldn't have been so thin. But how? Andersen always paints a dark dark fairy tale, even though this one ends happily it has many troublesome images before getting there. The wicked old woman with the garden of singing flowers that tries to keep Gerda for herself, the vicious robber princess and her promise to kill G...more
First off, I should say that I had no idea that the new Disney movie "Frozen" was based on this story. I've not seen the movie yet but if that's true that is yet another reason I really need to see it though from what I've read since this discovery, the movie is very loosely based on the original fairy tale.

"The Snow-Queen" is a story of a young girl, Gerda, who sets off on an arduous journey to find her almost-brother, Kay, after he disappears. A splinter of the devil's mirror had pierced both...more
Edward Creter
This is the original vision of Hans Christian Andersen, not the Disney-ized Frozen, which was filled with Dr. Phil-isms and had a strong lesbianic message wherein the love of a prince was NOT considered true or even "real"ove...but a woman's love, a sister, was. And who, honestly, needs a harsh lesson like that (no offense to the lesbian people out there)? So this tale, while snowy and icy, warmed my heart a whole lot more. A small boy is trapped in the palace of the Snow Queen and only the comp...more
P.J. O'Brien
The Snow Queen was one of the spring books to read for the group, Into the Forest. I remembered the basic story from when I was young, but decided to refresh my memory with a reread. I’m so glad I did.

The version that I read was barely 29 pages long, even with lovely illustrations taking up some of the space. It somehow managed to be charming, surprising, whimsical, lyrical, and a bit suspenseful all at the same time. I read it very slowly, even a few pages a day, just to let the phrases and ima...more
Cheryl in CC NV
The text was lovely in Engelbreit's version but I don't know if she adapted that or not. The illustrations were cute, but *not* at all appropriate, in my opinion. I had wanted to find the edition illustrated by Vladyslav Yerko or the one by Naomi Lewis. I will have to find another text, maybe an older one, to compare, as there's no note here.
A beautiful re-telling. And such beautiful illustrations.
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express them...more
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“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don't you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.” 135 likes
“Wiśnie były wyborne, a Gerda głodna, więc jadła, uśmiechając się z zadowoleniem, gdy staruszka złotym grzebieniem czesała jej złote włosy. Czesała je długo, w dziwnym blasku czerwonych i niebieskich szybek, a Gerda zapomniała o Kaju, babce i rodzicach, bo grzebień był zaczarowany, staruszka zaś była wróżką.” 3 likes
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