The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

By Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Yana Sedova, Translated by Anthea Bell

5-7

JUVENILE FICTION

64 Pages, 9.5 x 11.5

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: October 2014

ISBN 9789888240784

Price: $19.99
 
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Overview

A stunningly illustrated retelling of an acclaimed fairy tale With a mix of naturalistic and surrealistic artwork, this translation captures the spirit of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous works. Neighbors Kai and Gerda grow up as best friends. But when Kai is swept away by the evil Snow Queen, Gerda embarks on an adventure to save Kai.

Reviews

"Delightful and accessible . . . . These timeless, classic stories have been gloriously illustrated and made accessible for younger children to read alone, or for all the family to enjoy together. This fresh approach brings the stories and their characters to life. There are also special pages giving background detail to set the scene of each story." —childrensadnteensbookconnection.wordpress.com

"With a mix of naturalistic and surrealistic artwork, this translation captures the spirit of one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous works. Neighbors Kai and Gerda grow up as best friends. But when Kai is swept away by the evil Snow Queen, Gerda embarks on an adventure to save Kai." —kidsreads.com

"This new, large-format edition . . . features Bell's excellent translation...as well as new artwork by gifted Russian artist Sedova. Sometimes magical, sometimes decorative, the pictures have a dreamlike quality that suits [the] story . . . . A striking new edition of the timeless tale." —Carolyn Phelan, booklistonline.com

"With a mix of naturalistic and surrealistic artwork, this translation captures the spirit of one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous works." —kidsreads.com

"A stunningly illustrated retelling of an acclaimed fairy tale with a mix of naturalistic and surrealistic artwork, this translation captures the spirit of one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous works." —smartbooksforsmartkids.com

"Sedova's illustrations are dreamlike . . . . Fairy-tale-loving kids and Frozen fans willing to expand their horizons beyond talking snowmen will find this a satisfying experience; the 'seven stories' format would also lend this to a compelling weeklong readaloud for families stuck inside during bad winter weather." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Elegant paintings and newly translated text present the full seven chapters of Andersen's complex tale in picture book form . . . . Full pages of text and sweeping spreads of paintings alternate with single pages, nicely mixing text and visual material. Sedova's images, cast in a blue palette, are pretty and surreal. Visually attractive and a bit less wordy and romantic than the original, this edition might work for family read-aloud sharing." —Margaret Bush, School Library Journal

"The art work is a huge draw for the book. The icy tones of the multiple shades of blue, silver, and green capture the feel of the cold and the iciness of the Snow Queen's heart. The illustrations seem delicate and powerful at the same time . . . . a classic . . . excellent version that will fascinate children." —Ronna Mandel, goodreadswithronna.com

Author Biography

Hans Christian Andersen is revered worldwide for his more than 160 fairy tales, including many cherished favorites such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess ad the Pea, and The Ugly Ducking. Yana Sedova is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. Anthea Bell is an award-winning translator who has translated numerous Cornelia Funke novels and many Hans Christian Andersen stories.