The Snow Queen
By Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrated by Sanna Annukka
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Fairy Tale
Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish-English illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in deep blue, with silver foil embellishments, The Snow Queen is a unique work of art.
Sanna Annukka is familiar to many from her collaborations with Marimekko and her artwork for Keane’s album, Under the Iron Sea. For her second book project, she illustrates Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen.
A beautiful gift to give and receive
Okay, I confess. When I first saw this lovely version of The Snow Queen, I longed to own a copy. This is the sort of illustration that I simply cannot pass up. The cloth-bound cover and classic fairy tale ensured that this needed to be the latest addition to my bookshelf. And that is where it proudly sits.The Snow Queen made its way into my life at a very young age, and permanently earned a spot among my favorite fairy tales. I used to lay in bed at night and excitedly turn through the pages of my large collection of Hans Christian Andersen. I slowly slipped into a winter wonderland as I read about Gerda’s journey to bring the young neighbor boy, Kay home.
The story itself contains a beautiful message of love, loyalty and sacrifice. First published in 1844 and one of Andersen’s longest fairy tales, elements of Christianity and friendship are woven together into a magical adventure to remind us that even the coldest of hearts can be thawed by the love and faith of others. One does not have to hold religious beliefs though to appreciate the significance of this endearing tale.
“No power that I could give could be as great as that which she already has. Don’t you see how men and beasts are compelled to serve her, and how far she has come in the wide world since she started out in her naked feet? We mustn’t tell her about this power. Strength lies in her heart, because she is such a sweet, innocent child.”
-Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen
Many are familiar with Hans Christian Andersen and The Snow Queen. When I requested this lovely title, my intentions were to review this particular edition with the new illustrations. Everything I can remember as a young girl about Greda’s travels holds true in this copy. While many films and books are believed to be have been loosely based on the this story (The White Witch in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Disney’s Frozen and various retellings) this is the tale as I remember it.
Beautifully revived with the magnificent illustrations of Sanna Annukka, every other page of this beloved story is bursting with exquisitely detailed artwork. A new-found joy has been added to an already endearing and entertaining read. I found this to be a wonderful addition to my collection and a must for all who enjoy fairy tales. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my unbiased review.
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