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Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Kai and Gerda stood at the window watching the snow. All of a sudden, the wind threw open the windows and a splinter of the Evil Troll's broken mirror lodged in Kai's eye. Instantly he turned against his friend Gerda, choosing to follow the snow queen. In the spring, Gerda started the long journey to find and save Kai. Would her love of Kai be enough? This is a beautifully illustrated retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 4.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations for this story are amazing and give young readers plenty to look at as you read the story. There were elements of the story (the ruby shoes in the river) that I had not read in other interpretations. I would definitely consider this rendition for my personal library.

Pros: Beautiful drawings illuminate this timeless fairy tale for young readers.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book that would make a nice addition to a holiday or seasonal book collection.

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Educational Themes: Enjoy this for the joy of reading. You might look for other versions of the story. If your reader loves the book, ask your local librarian if there are similar books

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fairy tale, friendship, classic literature

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

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