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Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Square Fish (first published 1972)
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“Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the classic Brothers Grimm tale that is retold by Randall Jarrell along with illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert and this book is easily one of the most beloved retellings of the classic fairy tale ever told.

Randall Jarrell has done an excellent job at retelling this classic Brothers Grimm tale, as the story is dramatic and intense at the same time. Children will be thrilled with the amount of tension going on in this tale as Sno
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-over-over
The quiet beauty of Nancy Burkert's work takes my breath away. How can anyone be this good? For my money, this is THE version of Snow White. It won a Caldecott honor when it should have won the Caldecott itself - but that's committees for you.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The illustrations are stunning. However, I found the layout, with a full spread of heavy text, then a full spread of illustration somewhat disrupting as an adult. I do not know a child who would sit for the text and then give the illustrations the attention they deserve.
Stefanie Burns
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
Variation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Interestingly, it has a similarity to Goldilocks that I haven't read before. When Snow White reaches the dwarves' house she tries a little bit of everyones food and their beds. When the dwarves come home, their reaction is very similar to the three bears'.

It's very text heavy. The book alternates between a two page spread with paragraphs and a two page spread of full illustrations. Younger readers, even if the book is read aloud to them, qualm strugg
Week 6: Retold Fairy Tale Assignment

In an attempt to be the fairest of them all, the Queen would rather kill her own stepdaughter than share the title. The Queen's huntsman is ordered to take Snow White to the forest and kill her. Not able to carry out the Queen's vicious task, the huntsmen lets Snow White live. Walking in the forest alone, Snow White stumbles upon a cottage. There she meets the seven dwarfs and agrees to cook and clean for them in exchange for a place to live. The Queen soon fi
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We enjoyed reading this version of Snow White. Typical of fairytales by the Brothers Grimm, this is a violent story that has a lot of fairly graphic details which are conveniently left out of the "Disney-fied" versions.

Still, the tale is a very familiar one and our girls really loved Nancy Ekholm Burkert's illustrations (quite worthy of the Caldecott Honor).

I love that our girls are now old enough to appreciate the differences between the original tale and modified versions; I like this versio
Robert Davis
**** Caldecott Honor (1973) ****

Very well done and true to the original Grimm Brothers tale. Excellent illustrations.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pb-folklore
1973 Caldecott Honor Book
Lovely, elegant and romantic paintings, with text alternating with double-page spread illustrations.
Kenneth Quek
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated from the original with a kick-ass ending of having the wicked queen dancing in red-hot iron slippers "...till she dropped down dead."
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The story is a classic the artwork is exquisite. This is a book to savor page by page.
Reiley Edlund
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs is a story that I would identify as a Folktale, or as it may be commonly identified as, a Fairytale. This story follows the life of the princess Snow-White, however does not give much insight to the character herself and focuses more on the actual storyline. I can see how some may be concerned with the violence in this story, as it talks about the stepmother having Snow-White killed and then eating her lung and liver. This story, however, is one that has been told ...more
Jenna Paolazzi
Summary of the book: You may think you know the classic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, have you ever heard the evil queen's point of view?

Evaluation of the book: I thought it was a very interesting way to tell the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I have always heard the Disney story of Snow White. So to hear it from a different point of view was really interesting.

Teaching idea: I would use this book to teach about fairy tales.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Engaging picture book that retells the classic fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Beautiful and mysterious illustrations, filled with detail, make this a joy to read. I recommend this book to children who are reading independently and are interested in a Snow White that is darker in tone than the Disney interpretation.
Jenna French
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a "Grimm" version of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. I don't know that I would read this in a classroom with small children but it may be good for older children to read during a folk-tale literature lesson.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Randall does a great job illustrating the Grimm Brothers tale. The version Randall illustrates is more like the Disney version than the original, which is understandable considering how gruesome the original is.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the illustrations in this book. Snow White has always been one of my favorite Fairy Tales, and Nancy Burkert's illustrations are absolutely breathtaking.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Beautiful illustrations. And the ending about the Evil Queen...did not see that coming! Watch out for red-hot iron slippers ;)
Maria Rowe
• 1973 Caldecott Honor Book •

The illustrations are beautiful! The book itself is really text-heavy, and I don't know much about Snow White - maybe this is the more authentic telling - but I like the more classic version. The ending was a little much for me, and I just didn't like the differences from the other versions I've heard. But this book is worth it for the art!

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Drew Graham
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: me

There was a beautiful young princess who lived in the shadow of her vain, jealous stepmother. One day, prompted by a Magic Mirror's counsel, the Queen decided Snow White's beauty was too much to keep around, so she ordered a huntsman to take the princess into the woods and kill her. Snow White's beauty and innocence was too much for the huntsman though, and after releasing her the princess finds her way into the home and hearts of seven dwarfs. But wo unto her when the Queen discovers the p
Courtney Nations
Genre: Fantasy

Format: Picture book

Summary: A tale from the Brothers Grimm, "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs" is the classic fairy tale of a young girl who is more beautiful than all in the land with skin white as snow, cheeks as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony. When Snow-white's dreadful stepmother becomes jealous of her beauty, she seeks out to kill her. Snow-White's life was spared from the huntsman, and she ran through the woods before coming upon a small cottage. This where seven dw
Ok I will say that this is probably the third time I've read Snow White for the Caldecott Challenge, but this one is definitely my favorite. This book won a 1973 Caldecott Honor. The text is the same for all of them, but the layout is a bit different with this one. Here we have two huge pages of text followed by a two-page spread of gorgeous medieval-like illustrations. The colors are just glorious and Snow White really is a beautiful young woman. The story is pretty much the one that everyone k ...more
Aaron Carson
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This version of the Grimm Fairytale is beautifully illustrated, and filled with the sort of shocking violence that I've come to find so thrilling about children's fairy tales. One part of me finds it appalling that we subject our children to these stories, and another finds it hysterical. It's some kind of weird comment on our society that we've repressed our belief in magic to such an extent that these stories have been relegated to children's entertainment.

In Burkert's illustrations Snow Whit
Lily Tice
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stunning illustrations.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an unfair review of sorts and based entirely on the quality of reproduction of Burkert's illustrations.

I had been after a copy of this since I first saw Nancy Ekholm Burkert's illustrations and been swept away by her wonderful pen and ink alongside watercolour work. How you can really capture the beauty of Snow-White seemed beyond me but Burkert's plates in this retelling or just perfect.

Sadly, what is imperfect is the terrible quality of the reproduction by Square Fish which gives it
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought I was really going to like this one, but I didn’t as much. It was a very good amount of text. I would say right away, it would be best for kids older than 1st grade. Really, the book was just the traditional telling of Snow White. Some sentences read poetically. For example, “And envy and pride, like weeds, kept growing higher and higher in her heart, so that day and night she had no peace.” Just for the sake of it, to keep kids entertained, I would have at least added a picture and te ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The story told here is much closer to the version recorded by the Brothers Grimm than many versions, especially the 1937 version by Disney. Snow-White is without a mother for the first year of her life and as she grows, her step-mother's envy and hatred grows as well. When she is seven, the queen orders her taken to the woods by a huntsman and killed. When the huntsman has pity on her, he kills a boar instead, bringing the boar's liver and lungs to the queen in place of Snow-White's. The queen h
Karly Winters
This is a telling of Snow White that, like most retellings, remains true to the book. It's about a princess who is really pale with red lips and black hair who eventually becomes so beautiful that it causes her stepmother to get jealous, and she orders a huntsman to take the princess out into the woods and kill her. The Huntsman spares her so Snow White flees to a dwarves' house. She gets taken in and eventually bites into an apple that knocks her out, but at the end is saved, and she lives happ ...more
Lauryn Carroll
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was interesting and a little different than the other variations I have read or movies I have watched. The overall story-line was the same as I have heard before. I enjoyed reading this story. The illustrations were pretty and they were a great portrayal of all the characters. This story was longer than I had expected since the witch/queen visits Snow White three times instead of just once. I think the ending also surprised me. I did not like that when the Prince came to rescue Snow Wh ...more
Mirissa Holbrook
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book's illustrations. The pictures were quite beautiful and really added to the story. They would have been more effective, though, if they were not two-page spreads but rather mixed with the words. When it comes to children's books, they are most effective when they have two-page spreads with text on one side and pictures on the other. With this particular book, there were alternating two-page spreads, one with full text and one with full picture. Because all of the text was blocke ...more
Between this re-telling, and the one illustrated by Trina Hyman, I think that I prefer this one, although there are aspects of each that I like. This particular version does not have pictures on every page of text, but rather every two or three pages. Nodelman makes the point that the illustrations in this version allow the reader to use more imagination because the pictures do not portray exactly what is being said in the text. I think this is a matter of taste, however once I was introduced to ...more
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Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) wrote eight books of poetry, five anthologies, four children’s books illustrated by Maurice Sendak, four translations, including Faust: Part I and The Three Sisters (performed on Broadway by the Actor’s Studio), and a novel, Pictures from an Institution. He received the National Book Award for poetry in 1960, served as poet laureate at the Library of Congress in 1957 an ...more

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