Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Genre: Children’s Classics
“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.”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this book it’s a classic tale of love, friendship, loads of adventure and determination. The story revolves around Gerda’s search for her best friend Kay. The two share a friendship so close they are practically siblings. Sadly there comes a day where Kay begins to change. Thanks to a few shards of glass from the Devil’s mirror that embed themselves in his heart and eyes.
One day Kay takes off alone to go sledding. He’s picked up by none other than the Snow Queen herself, who takes away his memories of everyone he loves.
Gerda seems to be the only one who believes that Kay is still out there and can be saved. So being the good friend she is, she takes off in search for her best friend.
I had never before read this book. Which I’m kind of ashamed to say because I love classics. I have a beautiful old edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Sadly I have yet to pick it up. I’m not even sure if this story is in there. Truly I’m glad that I was able to read this edition as my first time with the story. It was such a fun and easy read. Just missing the 100 page mark. The language was not at all difficult to work with, it flowed smoothly and before I knew it I had reached the end. The illustrations were so uniquely detailed that I can’t imagine a single person who would not enjoy this. It’s something that people of all ages can appreciate. This book will keep them engaged throughout every page.
Only after reading this book did I realize how many times I have seen similar stories touched by this one fairy tale. From movies like The Chronicles of Narnia in 2005, to Disney’s Frozen which came out in 2013. Let’s not forget one of my favorite TV shows Once Upon A Time which has been running strongly for 6 straight seasons. If this one story alone has influenced this many (and obviously many more) Movies/TV shows I can only imagine how far Andersen’s other fairy tales have spread.
If you’ve never had a chance to read this book I hiiiighly advise that you give it a chance. It’s a great read especially around the holidays, on rainy cold nights, or heck if you’re just in the mood for something a little more vintage. Top it off with a delicious cup of hot chocolate and bam! You’ve got yourself one heck of a good time 😉 It’s available in every format. E-book ( even free downloadable), Audiobook and of course Physical copies.
Personally this is a story I will go back to just about every year.
Easily this was a 4 star read!
*I received a copy of this book from the Publisher via Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinion.*