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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

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Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin!

Snow & Rose
by Emily Winfield Martin
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
October 10, 2017
224 Pages • ISBN 978-0553538182 • Hardcover

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Book description:
Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do…

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.

If you are familiar with the Brothers Grimm story, Snow White and Rose Red, you will be familiar with elements in this charming tale that is rooted in that fairy tale. If you are unfamiliar with the aforementioned fairy tale, that's alright as well, as this is a story all of its own that still holds true to its origins.

Snow and Rose are young sisters who live an idyllic life with their parents until their father disappears into the woods one day, only to eventually lose their mother to despair. Forced to move from their beautiful home, the two sisters and their mother move into a cottage at the edge of the very same forest that took their father from them. And here, one of my favorite lines in the book comes into play:

Snow and Rose didn't know that they were living in a fairy tale – people never do.

What makes Emily Winfield Martin's book stand out and shine is the illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. These whimsical, lyrical illustrations fully capture the magical feel of a fairy tale as well as lend the book a timeless feel. Even in the advanced reader edition where some art is still TK or still a preliminary sketch, the book is beautiful and the art lends so much to the story, adding entirely to the narrative and complimenting it perfectly.

Personally, I can't wait to add a finished copy to my collection, and I'm sure that I will be reading this book all over again to get the full scope of the the story with the addition of the completed illustrations. This would be a fantastic book for both young and old readers, especially fans of fairy tales and their retellings.

I received an advanced print copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

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