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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Every town has an old lady all the children just know is a witch.
When Johanna and Casper must spend the afternoon at her house, there’s nothing to do, except listen to a story. While the siblings await their mother’s return from the hospital where she’s visiting their ailing father, Mrs. Kinder reads them a story of adventure, magic and music.
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Xist Publishing
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Dannii Elle
What an endearing tale! Upon beginning this I was initially disappointed with its contemporary setting, as I had predicted I was to enter a world reminiscent of that from a fairy tale. This was, however, soon to come.

Mrs Kinder is babysitting her neighbour's children, Casper and Johanna. And what better way to distract two grief-stricken children than with a story from a world not our own? Mrs Kinder draws children and reader alike into a tale of love and loss, magic and wisdom, make-believe and
Melissa McGuire
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a great fairytale plus I loved that it was a story within a story. The characters were easy to fall in love with. I couldn't put this book down. I also loved the twist at the end and that it wasn't predictable. ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, original, fairy tale with a wonderful traditional feel. I loved the 'book in a book' narrative, and gave this 4/5 stars. ...more
D.J. Adamson
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is Mrs. Kinder a WITCH? Casper thinks she is. Johanna is not so sure. When stuck at her house while their mother attends their father in the hospital, Kinder tells the two the Ice Maiden’s Tale from a “golden,” possibly “magical” book. The story of the Ice Maiden weaves the story of two men, seemingly traveling opposite journey’s, yet arriving at one and the same.
This is very good example of a story-within-a-story. Preziosi writes for both a youthful audience and adult when weaving this captivat
Ro C
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story for both children and adults. It not only follows the adventures and peril of Sebastian and Gabriel, but also the innocence and curiosity of Johanna and Casper. It keeps you wondering what will happen next and has a wonderful lesson in the end. I would highly recommend this book!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down...

A well-written and compelling old-fashioned fairy tale for the current times . With a nod to fairy tales of the past, this tale takes elements from them and weaves them into a delightful blend of magic, cookie guns, and excitement!
Tonja Drecker
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
With a bit of the feel of The Princess Bride, this is an enchanting fairy tale and more.

Casper does not want to go to the witch's house, even though his older sister Johanna insists the Mrs. Kinder isn't a witch at all. With their father in the hospital, they have no choice but to let the Mrs. Kinder babysit them so their mother has time to visit him. Mrs. Kinder tells them a tale about a beautiful ice sculpture and two young men, who are possessed with the idea of bringing the sculpture of a yo
Jill Jemmett
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Casper and Johanna have to go stay with their neighbour, Mrs. Kinder, while their mother visits their father in the hospital. They are a little scared of her because she reminds them of the witch from Hansel and Gretel. Mrs. Kinder reads them a story from a mysterious book. She tells the stories of two men: Gabriel and Sebastian. Gabriel is a sculptor who sculpts a woman out of ice. Then he leaves her but he wishes she was alive. He embarks on a quest to bring her to life. Sebastian is a magicia ...more
Sasha Ferrell
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone loves a good fairytale and Lisa Prezioisi’s “The Ice Maiden’s Tale” does not disappoint. A story within a story, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale” gives two siblings, Johanna and Casper, a needed distraction from their distressed mother and ailing father’s fate. As the eldest, Johanna is determined to please her mother by keeping Casper in line while spending their afternoons in the company of the neighborhood witch (read strange old lady), Mrs. Kinder. They soon learn that instead of watching TV ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This book is FANTASTIC! I loved the story-within-a-story, and it immediately reminded me of one of my favorite movies (can you guess which movie I’m talking about?!). I immediately started to fall in love with Johanna and enjoyed Casper’s innocence and humor. I loved how kind and patient Mrs. Kinder is with the children and their family, despite Casper’s whispers about her reputation underneath his breath.

I really enjoyed the separate, yet intertwined stories of Gabriel and Sebastian. I enjoyed
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lisa Preziosi has written the most charming fairy tale within a children’s book. Well, that may not be completely accurate because it is a book that any age can enjoy. Johanna and Casper are left in the care of Mrs. Kinder, a neighbor who has agreed to babysit so the children’s mother may be with their father who is in the hospital.

Casper is sure Mrs. Kinder is a witch, Johanna thinks she is a just a strange old lady living in an old, broken down house. To distract the children Mrs. Kinder pick
Alia Therese Lazo
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fantasy

I liked how this was a story within a story and the author succeeded in doing so. The way the author introduced the characters were very interesting and memorable. The author was able to build the characters with depth and was able to develop them as the story goes on. The romance in the Ice maiden’s tale wasn’t overbearing and the adventures the two had was dealt with great detail. I personally liked the part with the big abandoned castle because the atmosphere for the scene was told quite nice

Johanna and Casper Sullivan are mortified when their mom asks Mrs. Kinder to babysit them. Mrs. Kinder is that woman in the neighborhood all the kids think is a witch! But not long after they arrive, Mrs. Kinder starts to tell a fantastical tale about The Ice Maiden. This is a story-in-a-story and was very entertaining. Casper was hilarious with some of the stuff that came out of his mouth - no filter there! And the tale Mrs. Kinder told was intricate and fascinating with a great moral at the en ...more
Connie Huddleston
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love an involved story with magic, fantasy, and characters galore, just pick up a copy of The Ice Maiden’s Tale by Lisa Preziosi. Told by a might-be-a-witch grandmother to two children when circumstances bring them to her home, the book will remind you of The Princess Bride. You will find characters galore, who will go on fantastic and sometimes deadly adventures. Magic plays a big part in the story, but without giving away anything, love conquers all. This book is suitable for older midd ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of story that weaves a world of magic that you never want to leave. The Ice Maiden’s Tale evokes the best of classic fantasy stories like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, while being wholly original. Long after I finished the book, I could still hear Gabriel and his fiddle—the way the music came to life as much as the ice maiden.

I read this book first for myself, and am now buying copies for nieces and nephews as gifts because a beautiful story is a thing worth sharing.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful, magical tale! I am sorry I got so behind in my reading that I missed it. I love fairy tales and this one is a keeper! Beautifully intertwining present and timeless stories into one. I loved the settings, the characters, and the story's plot and dialogue flowed so smoothly. Beautiful story!
I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
* Read for the 2021 Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge task: A book with elements of magic
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Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. Her debut novel "The Ice Maiden's Tale" was ...more

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