Snow White and Rose Red (Adrienne Adams)


Another beautiful fairy tale picture book by Adrienne Adams, courtesy of our local public library.  "Snow White and Rose Red" is another fairy tale courtesy of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm.  As a child, I must admit the title confused me.  Another Snow White?  Only this one is blonde?  With a sister?  And there's a dwarf - only one - only instead of being a benevolent miner, he's more like a gnome or imp or something.  As an adult, I'm starting to like this tale, for the sisters' love and friendship if nothing else.  And I prefer the bear to the prince.  (What can I say? I prefer the Beast to the prince, as well.)  And why does the docile blonde marry the bear/prince, and her spunky brunette sister is married to the brother we never even meet?  (This musing comes from a blonde.)  If you are unfamiliar with the fairy tale, you can read a lovely annotated version at SurLaLune Fairy Tales.

 Once again, I am loving Adams's illustrations.

Snow White and Rose Red
by the Brothers Grimm.
Illustrated by Adrienne Adams.
Translated by Wayne Andrews.
New York:  Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.













Meh, he's handsome enough.  I always preferred the bear, though.  We won't go into all the reasons why a bear-girl marriage would not work, as this is a kid-focused blog.  I prefer to see the fairy tales through my kid-eyes, and my kid self will always prefer bears and beasts to bland, boring princes.

Happy Thursday!  We're all snowed in for the day - school is cancelled!  Hope all is well with you and yours, wherever you are!



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  1. Oh, those are lovely illustrations! I will have to look for this book at the library. Enjoy your snow day! :)

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    1. It is quite lovely. And thanks! Haven't had a snow day in a couple of years!

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  2. This one is totally new to me! I've never seen, heard or read... but it looks wonderful and now I really want to read the story for myself! I checked my local library... nothing. BUT I'm thinking my sis will be able to find some adams for me at the SLC library. SO, I'll give her an assignment. SO COOL.

    ALSO- Hooray for a snow day!!! what fun! We never ever ever get snow days... I guess when you have tons of snow all winter they decide you just have to figure out how to get around whether you're snowed in or not. :/

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    1. Good luck in locating a copy! It's worth a look. There aren't many picture book versions of this tale still in print, but there are many vintage versions floating about.

      We have been rather bereft of snow these past 2 years. Then suddenly, we had a foot in one day. We even made CNN.com because we had thundersnow! The road crews were having trouble keeping up AT ALL, but my husband still got called into work, driving what is normally a half-hour trip to the depot in Newton, KS in order to catch his train. The drive took a lot longer than usual, but he finally made it.

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  3. OOOOOOOH, Snow White & Rose Red is my other great favorite fairy tale! Along with Snow Queen and 12 Dancing Princesses. oh heck I love them all, but I ADORE this one! I think I like the illustrations even more than the one from yesterday! Oh what loveliness. Enjoy your snow day!!!! xoxoxo

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    1. I'm a big Hans Christian Andersen fan, I must admit, and The Snow Queen is my very favorite. :)

      I do think this is one of my favorite Grimm tales, though. And I really like this version.

      Thanks! We'll go play a bit, but we're definitely stuck at home. Even if I was crazy enough to drive, I let my husband take my car with the booster seats!

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  4. Snow days are the best! We had one not too long ago. As a teacher I always appreciated them too!

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    1. Yeah, all my teacher and para friends on FB are jumping for joy. :)

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  5. I had a version of this as a kid--not sure if it was this one, though. This one is quite beautiful! Snow days are the best--hope you are enjoying them! :)

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    1. School is cancelled again tomorrow. That means we will only have had one day of school this week! Big Sis's conference will be rescheduled, and the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon at Little Sis's preschool will be postponed. Big Sis is lamenting the Scholastic Book Fair we were supposed to visit after her conference tomorrow. I don't know if that will be rescheduled or not.

      I love snow, I truly do, but now I'm concerned we will have to miss the Kansas Silent Film Festival in Topeka tomorrow night. (It's a 2 hour drive.) And my mother and brother were supposed to come to town from Oklahoma on Saturday...

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  6. You know, I am not familiar with the fairytale. But it sounds so interesting, and I LOVE all these illustrations! I love the old folk art style of the 60s and 70s. There's just something so special about it.
    I hear you all got buckets of snow! We had a bit, but its mostly melted away and school was never cancelled. Hope you had a good snow day! :D stay warm!

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    1. I agree, I love that time period. There is a definite sweetness to it.

      I'm sorry yours melted so fast! Ours is crazy. It's our second-highest snowfall in Wichita's recorded history. The city is shut down. I don't think we'll make it to Topeka tomorrow. But my husband already has the vacation day, so I guess we'll be together.

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  7. I love this fairy tale and these illustrations are the best i ve ever seen! i totally agree about bears and boring princes too!

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    1. Yay! The prince is never as cool as the bear. I would love to get my hands on the old Gustaf Tenggren Little Golden Book version - http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.com/2013/02/snow-white-and-rose-red-illustrated-by.html - which I think looks beautiful, too!

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