“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.” (from Goodreads)
The kids’ section at my library has this “new arrivals” shelf where all the books are facing out so you can see their covers. It’s really dangerous. I’m blaming it for the huge stack of books I took home. 😀
The first thing that drew me to this book was the aesthetically pleasing cover. Two sisters, their hair blowing in the wind and the trees creating an inviting circle into the woods. Turns out, this is based on one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, Snow White and Rose Red. ❤ As I read, I discovered elements of Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast as well, which was sweet.
The illustrations were AMAZING!! Little elements here and there on the pages or sometimes a full-page painting. We never get those now as adults, so I loved the experience. The author did a good job describing the dark forest, and it connected in my mind with the rainy days I’ve been hiking. 😉 The entire book was a feast of descriptions, actually.
Ivo and the library were both new elements to the old classic, and I loved them. Ivo reminded me a lot of Dickon from The Secret Garden. He knew his way around the woods and was really kind without asking for anything in return. The library was quirky, for sure, but it ended up working into the story in a big way.
My favorite part was the emphasis on familial love. It put a spin on the story that was more meaningful and heartwarming than I was expecting. ❤
Just a note, that the evil thing behind all the tragedies got a little dark. I made the mistake of reading a certain part too close to dark and was a little creeped. I don’t think it would be a huge problem for some younger readers, actually, but since I know what “little men” are actually based on, I was a little scared. 😉
Best quote: “In March, the days inched a little longer. The sun, which seemed as if it were never coming back, returned. The snow melted. The wind died down, and the air began to warm. Outside, everything that grows began to awaken and unfurl, tender leaves on black branches and green tendrils pushing up through the blanket of dark earth.”
Altogether, thank you, thank you, author for doing such beautiful justice to my favorite fairy tale!