Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Title: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
  • Author: Randall Jarrell
  • Illustrator: Nancy Ekholm Burkert
  • Publisher: A Sunburst Book, Michael di Capua Books, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
  • Publication year: 1972, Sunburst edition: 1987
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon: “A beautifully illustrated retelling of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale about a beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was as black as ebony.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As discussed on my other post for the other Snow White book by Josephine Poole, this is another one that could be used in contrast to diverse fairy tales/folklore. However, the publication year is older than the Poole and Barrett version, leaning to this being a book that would probably/maybe not be included in a public or school library today because of weeding practices.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – The illustrations here are quite different than in Poole and Barrett’s version. These illustrations do not have Romantic leanings, but are more like medieval illumination work such as one might see on a tapestry. This lends a completely different atmosphere. The foremost difference between the two of these works is the style and color choices, but there are also fewer illustrations in comparison to the Poole and Barrett version. Additionally, the illustrations are two page spreads, with alternating two pages of text. However, I will say that on on the pages that are text, the design is interesting, because some of the text is blocked and italicized, such as for when the mirror speaks to the Evil Queen. However, while I can appreciate this book for its stunning illustrations, I think there could only be room for one of these Snow White versions in a classroom or school library and for that reason I would choose the Poole and Barrett version.

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