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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

by Joan Aiken

Other authors: Belinda Downes (Illustrator)

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was about a girl who had black hair and pale skin, she was very beautiful. But the queen her father married wanted to be the most beautiful in all the land. Snow White was the most beautiful in all the land. One night Snow White came across a house that was empty. She wanted to get out of the night and sleep for a while so she went in. When she went in, no one was in there, so she ate some food and got some rest. The seven dwarfs came home to Snow White being in their home, but they took her in and decided she could stay with them. They queen was upset that Snow White was more beautiful than she was so she disguised herself trying to kill Snow White multiple times by playing tricks on her. The dwarfs would save her. Finally the evil queen decided to give her a poisonous apple so the dwarfs couldn't save her. They thought for sure Snow White wouldn't be able to be saved. A prince came along and they showed him what had happened to Snow White. He kissed her and brought her back to life, and when he did, they lived happily ever after. This plot again follows along with the other fairytales. They girl was in distress, she had an evil stepmother, and prince saved her and they lived happily ever after. The illustrations in this story portrayed the events going on in the story. ( )
  eburlette | Oct 8, 2017 |
Snow White is a classic tale that many children adore and are familiar with. I would use this version of the fold tale along with other versions to compare and contrast elements of literature.
  JenniferNapoleon | Jan 12, 2016 |
This telling of Snow White is quite different in some ways from the Disney rendition. I believe this one to be more like the "original." It tells the story of Snow White and how her step mother attempts to kill her for being the fairest in the land. In the end, she is saved by the prince and marries him. The illustrations are made of embroidery. ( )
  rpazmino-calligan | Oct 1, 2014 |
This is a retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale. It is a far cry from the Disney version of the story because it takes the queen several tries to harm Snow White - once with tight ribbons, once with a poisoned comb, and finally with a poisoned apple. Also, in this version, it isn't the kiss from the prince that awakens Snow White, it is the poison apple falling from her mouth that awakens her.

I enjoyed reading this retelling of the story. The illustrations that accompany the story look like needlework and appliqué and are very colorful.

curriculum connection - Students will compare this version of the story with the Disney film pointing out differences.
  bcowie | Dec 9, 2010 |
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Retells the story of a princess who escapes her wicked stepmother by hiding out in the home of seven hospitable dwarfs.

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