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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  376 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
'Oh, please, dear hunter, have mercy If you will let me go, I'll gladly wander away, far away into the wildwood and I'll never come back again.' "The huntsman was glad enough to help the sweet innocent girl, so he said, 'Well, run away then, poor child, and may the beasts of the wood have mercy on you.' As a token he brought back the heart of a wild boar, and the wicked Qu ...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published July 26th 2004 by University of Minnesota Press (first published 1938)
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Jim Erekson
Mar 09, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the picturebook biography of Wanda Gag I wanted to see some more of her work beyond Millions of Cats. This was a great version, which hews closely to the Grimm original, and adds in some elements from Three Bears for dialog. I wished Gag and the editing and design team had done more to ensure there were more full-page illustrations. The spot illustrations are great decorative touches, but Gag is at her best when she keeps the whole frame to her meticulous drawings.
Mar 24, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caldecott Honor--1939

Why would you choose a Disney version when you have the beautiful artistry and rich language of Wanda Gag? A perfect classic picture book.
3.5 stars. Worth a read mostly for the art.
Mar 17, 2017 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a weird story for modern readers, as are all the original Grimm fairy tales. (Wanda Gág translated from the original.) But I thought the story was well-translated, and I enjoyed the illustrations!
Kristine Hansen
This version leaves me scratching my head somewhat. We have shades of the Three Bears with the whole, eating-drinking-sleeping aspect (and drinking wine? She's so young...!) and then the book ends with a comeuppance that has to do with dancing shoes. So with the mashup of fairy tales, this story feels somewhat new. Which was strange but I kind of liked it.

On the other hand, just how stupid is this girl? Three times the witch comes, and by the second time Snow White is all "I can't let strangers
Jan 25, 2014 Londa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful version of this age old fairy tale. The black and white illustrations are perfect! The 8 year old boy was not as impressed as I was, and I sort of expected that. He did like the pictures, but thought the story itself wasn't very interesting. He was irritated with how naive Snow White was and yelled "REALLY!!" every time she opened the door and fell for another of the witch's tricks. I can't argue with him there... Snow was kind of dense. :D If I were to choose a Snow White book for my ...more
Amanda Casteel
Author/ Illustrator: Wanda Ga'g

Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Publication Info: Smithmark Publishers: 1999

Reading Level: late early

Topic/Theme: fairy tales

Issues Addressed: murder, jealousy

Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Individual Reading, paired reading

Summary: This is a translation from the original Grimm brothers tale. Snow White is beautiful and the most fair in the land. She abides with seven dwarfs. The wicked queen wants to kill Snow White. She succeeds, but then Snow White You just
Feb 21, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 06, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining version of the popular fairy tale. Our girls remarked about how similar the story was to another classic Brothers Grimm story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The narrative is fairly long, but engaging, and the story is comfortingly familiar. The illustrations are charming and complement the story nicely. We enjoyed reading this book together.
I've been waiting forever to get my hands on a copy of this book, which won a 1939 Caldecott Honor award, and the last one I needed to read for that year. "Wee Gillis" is still my favorite from 1939. This is a good version, with cute little illustrations at the top of the pages, though the dwarves look more like gnomes. It is one of the most accurate versions I've seen, i.e. following the real Grimm Brothers story instead of the Disney-fied happy ending version. It was a bit too long to hold mos ...more
I love to read aloud to my children but if the book is not well written it can become a real chore. Wanda Gag's Caldecott Honor books that we've recently read; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Nothing at All were such a delight. I was able to really get into the stories with my children and read with so much expression. The pictures are very interesting too. I had forgotten how much more there is to the Snow White story besides Disney's version. So many themes available to discuss with your c ...more
Based on the well known story by the Brother's Grimm I thought it was really interesting how this story was different from all the snow white versions that I remember, but I thought this version was definitely better. It kind of had a couple elements of other stories in here, but I thought the illustrations were pretty good and the story line was only slightly unbelievable.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
1939 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The house of the Seven Dwarfs

Kid-appeal: It is pretty long, but both my girls (7 and 10) hung right in there with the book and loved pointing out the differences to the Disney version of the story. The illustrations were great, though small in comparison to the voluminous amounts of text.

The book is nice. It's very simple, but you can feel a magic atmosphere when you read it. You don't even recognize that you're reading a Fairy Tale.

The thing that have impressed me is Snow-white's age. She so young! How has she been able to get married?

Otherwise, I think the books is just cute, so my grade is three stars.
Jan 23, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book this afternoon. I'm so used to the Disney version of this story that it was refreshing to read another version. For Snow White to be a child was also new for me as I've always thought of her as a late teen who could marry the handsome prince. Sweet little illustrations add to the wonder of this work.
There is a special place in my heart for Wanda Gág - her illustrations are just so charming and delightful. I have a copy of one of her illustrations framed and hanging in my home (very #nerdybookclub of me, I know). She is also from Minnesota - and I also love to love hometown talents.

This is one I would love to have a copy of in my personal collection.
Jun 09, 2014 Mitchell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Caldecott Honor classic tale. But the art was just okay, and the story was the classic tale without improvements. If you are not the most beautiful in the world you should kill your rival, even if she is your seven year old step-daughter. And a woman's job is to clean up after men. And clearly a woman is too dumb to avoid being fooled three times - or perhaps only pretty ones.
Released independently the same year as the Disney film adaptation, and awarded a Caldecott Honor, this version is more faithful to the traditional story. The illustrations are pleasant, if not glorious, and the story is fun, but not sensational. The ending seems abrupt and not well concluded.
Apr 24, 2016 Jdn1 added it
Shelves: fairy-tale
This book tells the original classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This book contains few illustrations, so it relies on very descriptive details to creative a children's masterpiece. I would recommend this for lower education (k-2).
1939 Caldecott Honor

I remember reading this one as a child. The pictures were very familiar to me. It has a very Goldilocks and the Three Bears feel to it in the middle. And I didn't realize she was born in MN. I have been to her hometown.
Oct 23, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a translation of the fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. I'm so used to the Disney version of the story, I had forgotten how different it is from the original fairy tale. It was a nice translation and I always enjoy Wanda Gag's illustrations.
Sep 19, 2012 Bree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
Long book, but excellently written
Beautiful illustrations scattered throughout
Brindi Michele
1939 Caldecott Honor
The art was very boring and unremarkable.
Katie Fitzgerald
Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #46:
Caldecott honor.
Lovely pictures. Closer to "original" story.
Jan 13, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Traditional retelling with Queen trying to kill her three times, and a format like the Three Little Bears asking who ate and slept from the Dwarf's. The soft delicate illustrations are stunning.
I enjoyed the familiar story of Snow White. While I appreciate the black and white illustrations by Gag, there are other versions with color illustrations that I enjoy more.
I think for the time period of 1938 this was a good version of Snow White
Jeanette rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2012
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Wanda Hazel Gág (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946) was an American author and illustrator. She was born on March 11, 1893, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her mother (Elisabeth Biebl) and father (Anton) were of Bohemian descent. Both parents were artists who had met in Germany. They had seven children, who all acquired some level of artistic talent. Wanda grew up the eldest of these, and despite their economic ...more
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