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The Snow Queen

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  7,847 ratings  ·  664 reviews
A young girl embarks on an epic quest to save the boy she loves in one of the most stirring of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.

After her friend Kay is stolen from their village, Gerda travels through the days, the months, the years, and the confusion of the world, searching for him. Finally she reaches a palace where the beautiful Snow Queen has Kay locked in the chi
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Candlewick Press (first published 1844)
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3 stars

I picked up The Snow Queen because I'm trying to fit in a few more Christmas reads and I got it free from audible. The narration was good, but the story was just okay for me. I know a lot of people love this story and read it as children... this was my first read through. It was only about an hour to listen. I liked it, but compared to my last holiday audible listen it just missed the mark for me.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This was a nice story. I hope to listen to it again in one sitting. I think I may have lost some of the story with all of the stopping and starting I did.

I still don't feel compelled to watch Frozen after listening to this story.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is my favorite fairy tale, hands down. If I'm honest, I'm such a huge fan of snow and cold weather. The idea of snow becoming personified makes a lot of sense, because winter does seem to have a life of its own. I love in Texas, and we don't get much winter, but I grew up with it. I miss it so much! Reading this book makes me long for a good winter.

Along with the evocative imagery of winter, there is a very emotional and spiritual love story. Kay and Gerda share a strong emotional bond, but
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
3.5 Stars

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen was a beautiful story.
I listened to this one on audio while wrapping Christmas presents in front of the fire.
What great company this little book was.
Dec 14, 2014 Mara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Well, I'm not gonna turn down an audible freebie now am I?

Their take:
The Snow Queen will be free until January 31, 2015.
Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year
Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless
The Snow Queen was a free gift to audible members…last winter. It’s been loaded on my app for quite some time without really catching my interest. I made the decision to read it when I started season 4 of Once Upon a Time.

The narration was really great and I enjoyed the story. I have never watched Frozen. I was worried about that for a while because it was the movie everyone was talking about it… I had to let it go…

No one?

Alright. Can’t blame me, can you?

Anyway, it’s worth a read. The story is
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
I kind of like this. I was a little lost at the end but overall I thought it was really interesting. It's really different from what I'm used to and I'm really interested in the old interpretations of our modern retelling of the stories. The author definitely has an interesting imagination
Audible freebie (like everyone else). I listened to this one while trying, and failing, to take a nap. Stupid stuffyrunnysore nose. >_<

I did like the reading of this one. I think that Julia Whelan had the right kind of voice for this story, and handled all of the characters well. She gave them each their own personality but didn't overwhelm the character with cartoonish voices.

The story... well, it was a little innocently simplistic for me, and none of it really made any sense (why would
Dec 19, 2014 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clever boys and girls, icy queens, crows thinking about retirement
This Audible freebie is a nice way to hear the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. It's not a particularly thrilling fable - boys meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back - though really, it's the girl who does the getting.

The story starts with an evil hobgoblin (also referred to as a demon) who goes to magic school (why did Rowling not find a way to hook this into her mythology?) and creates a magic mirror which shows "reality" in the harshest, ugliest way possible. It is shatter
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
First published in 1844, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is a delightfully charming, if somewhat dated, fantasy – back when fantasies were called faerie tales.

Told in seven parts, Anderson borrows liberally from Christian themes and pre-Christian myth to create a richly complex, but simply entertaining story that children will enjoy and adults will find amusing, especially the classical, Biblical and mythic references that may be lost, unapologetically so, on a younger reader.

C.S. Lew
This was another audiobook that Audible gave away for free. Unfortunately this was as bad as the last freebie offering. This was a dreadful bore. Thankfully it was a short read.

Rating: 2 stars.

Audio Note: Even the excellent Julia Whelan could not save this story.
Puedo ver que parte tomaron para hacer Frozen. Es un lindo cuento en general :3
An excellent fairy tale. Fairy tales should first scare you and then resolve happily. This fits that bill. It must be entertaining to both the adult reading the tale and the child. I admit it; I was tense, annoyed and worried ....and then happy. If the parent is bored, it is not a good fairy tale. The child will feel your own emotional response.

Hans Christian Andersen knew how to write stories for both adults and kids. I chuckled. I marveled at the author's ability to create an exciting story, e
Colleen Houck
It seems that Frozen was inspired by this story but I can't see much of a similarity. Really liked the determined little girl who sought after her lost playfellow. The phrase birds of a feather flock together stuck out to me and I looked it up to see if this was the first time it had appeared in literature. It wasn't. Apparently the origin of the phrase was William Turner's 1545 version of it in The Rescuing of Romish Fox: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together." Though th ...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
This Hans Christian Andersen children's story is a classic tale of good versus evil, played out by the young Gerda and Kay as they thwart the evil intentions of the Snow Queen. It may be too intense for very young children, but it redeems itself with a sweet ending. Several adaptations have been made into movies, plays, and musicals, the latest being Disney's very popular movie, Frozen.
The Snow Queen seems to occupy an unusual position in the pantheon of fairy tales. It doesn't quite have the ubiquity and instant familiarity of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, or The Ugly Duckling. If you ask someone to summarize the plot for you, they might have only a vague idea. At the same time, the story has stayed very much alive - CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Disney's Frozen, and other fictional works (like this boardgame I just got) all show the influence of the f ...more
A quick listen having downloaded this free from Audible. Another example of my having no imagination for the fantastical, the fact that even as a kid, I wouldn't have been attracted to the story says a lot for what I thought of this one. But hey-it was just under an hour to listen to and was free!
Thank you Audible for a great free classic. It shows how Hans C.A. Could be a very dark at times, fairy tail writer. Great mystical short for the holiday.
Sometimes one needs to step back from the writings of contemporary authors and even from that of books meant for adults and take up a children's classic to be enchanted all over again by a familiar story. My last encounter with The Snow Queen was a well-done community theater production over twenty years ago. This is why when Audible graciously offered a free copy to its members as a Christmas present, I eagerly accepted. I love fairytales even this many years later as an adult so I happily play ...more
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
Francisca Viegas
I was in need of something to read, but since I'm so overwhelmingly occupied having to study for my exams, it had to be something quick.
This little fairytale sat on my TBR pile for ages. I admit to being very curious about this story, because - if you didn't already know - I'm a big fan of the TV series Once Upon a Time, and this season featured the Snow Queen.
As I was reading this story I remembered being a little kid and my mother reading it to me as a bedtime story.
It is a short but beautiful
John Martindale
I wonder if the Snow Queen was a response to the Age of Reason, maybe it was even written from a Christian Fideist position. If so, though extreme, it offers a good counter-balance.

Anderson's idea of the mirror that shrunk the good to nothing and magnified the bad and how this mirror shattering into billions of pieces that got into people's eyes and heart, was genius. I liked how Gerta continued to love Kai, even when he grew cantankerous, "grown up", "rational" and rude once the glass from the
A gorgeous fairy tale with a deep and meaningful message.
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
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
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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.” 142 likes
“Then little Gerda said the Lord's Prayer; the cold was so intense that she could see her own breath; it came out of her mouth like smoke. Her breath became thicker and thicker, and took the form of little angels who grew larger and larger as soon as they touched the ground. All had helmets on their heads, and lances and shields in their hands; their numbers increased, and when Gerda had finished her prayer a whole legion stood around her. They trust their lances against the horrible snow-flakes, so that the latter flew into a hundred pieces; and little Gerda went forward safely and cheerfully. The angels stroked her hands and feet, so that she felt the cold less, and she hastened on to the Snow Queen's castle.” 4 likes
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