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Snow & Rose
Other title(s):
Snow and Rose


First edition.
New York : Random House, [2017]
Physical Description:
204 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
What the trees saw -- What the trees know -- What the trees worried
Snow and Rose search the forest for their missing father and discover there is a sinister magic at work in the woods. A reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader MG 5 5.
Added Uniform Title:
Based on (work): Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot.


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A New York Times bestselling author-illustrator brings readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red."

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.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.

Author Notes

Emily Winfield Martin sketches, paints, and stitches to create imaginary worlds and characters. She is the author and illustrator of several books including Dream Animals, Day Dreamers, The Wonderful Things You Will Be, and Oddfellow's Orphanage.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Once, two sisters named Snow and Rose lived a fairy-tale life, secure in a big house surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large staff to help with all of the chores. But when this story begins, their status has changed. Listeners learn that their father disappeared in the woods and their mother is almost gone as well, having wrapped herself in sorrow over her loss. Snow and Rose attempt to care for themselves, their mother, and their house, but Snow is determined to venture out into the woods in search of the truth behind their father's disappearance. Rose is not as brave as Snow, but quickly decides that she needs to help keep her younger sister safe. The unique characters they meet during their treks through the forest, such as the mysterious librarian who has strange objects but no books, and the charismatic and friendly boy Ivo, who lives underground and grows mushrooms, are engaging enough to keep listeners entranced with this adventure-filled fantasy. Listeners will be captivated as they learn if and how the sisters will break a set of spells cast by an evil dwarf who has imprisoned many in the enchanted forest. VERDICT There is enough fantasy and adventure to keep listeners' attention to the very end of this magical mystery that is loosely based on the classic Grimm tale.-Sheila Acosta, San Antonio Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sisters Snow and Rose once lived a charmed life in a grand house with a beautiful garden. After their father disappears into the woods, the girls and their mother are forced to move into a small cottage in the same forest. There, they befriend a boy named Ivo, discover a mysterious library filled not with books but objects, are tricked by a strange little man, and bond with a protective bear. Unfolding over episodic chapters that build to a well-deserved happy ending, this moody fairy tale emphasizes family, friendship, and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Martin's characterization of the two contrary sisters is especially moving: Rose is the type of person who "holds on to a thing she loved as tightly as she could," while Snow wants "to see or hear or taste something she loved over and over again, to remind herself that it was real." The sisters' contradictions make their relationship all the stronger, and Martin's prim full-color paintings and spot illustrations tenderly highlight key characters and moments. Ages 8-12. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

When Snow and Rose's father vanishes, they are forced to move to a cottage in the woods, where they encounter strange beings, including a giant bear and a little man. This quiet reimagining of the classic fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red" has an ethereal tone. The text's undercurrent of enchantment is also present in Martin's periodic full-page color illustrations. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Picture-book author/illustrator Martin (The Littlest Family's Big Day, 2016, etc.) offers a reimagined chapter-book version of a lesser-known Grimm fairy tale, "Snow White and Red Rose."When their father fails to return from the woods, Snow, Rose, and their grieving mother must leave their wealthy home and move to a remote cabin in the woods. The sisters are opposite in temperament. "Rose pictured herself as a tidy bow, and Snow was a wild tangle." Meandering off the path in the woods, they happen upon an Underground House, a curious library filled with objects rather than books and overseen by the Librarian, and a tunnel under tree roots that leads them to Ivo, a boy who grows mushrooms. Ivo tells them about the Menace of the Woods, who has caused many to disappear. The girls help a very cranky Little Man with backward-bending legs and a giant bear who is pursued by the Huntsman. Although the story nearly collapses under the weight and confusion of a horde of characters (the humans all apparently white), all is sorted out in the end. The writing is lyrical, with laudable word choice, alliteration, and imagery capturing the magic of the woods. For lovers of fairy tales, this story of sisterhood, taking risks, and being kind is a physically beautiful book with an appealing cover and captivating full-color illustrations. (Fantasy. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Martin's illustrated rendition of Snow White and Rose Red brings this lesser-known Grimm fairy tale out of obscurity. Taking a few creative liberties there's no prince, nor any mention of marriage Martin ventures into an enchanted wood where bandits and monsters prowl, people go missing, and a widow resides with her two daughters: Snow, who is wild and fair, and Rose, who is gentle, with dark hair and rose-petal cheeks. Still grieving their father, the girls find comfort in nature and spend their time exploring the woods, which holds an unimaginable secret. Like most of the Grimm brothers' tales, this peculiar story carries sinister overtones, but Martin does a nice job of keeping the dark atmosphere from overwhelming younger readers, largely through her whimsical touches. A quirky librarian who offers objects rather than books; a boy with an encyclopedic knowledge of mushrooms; a protective bear companion (though that is in the original); fairies; and lovely full-color illustrations all these elements lend charm and balance to this tale, where avarice and cruelty fall to kindness and love.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2017 Booklist

New York Review of Books Review

SINCE THE BEGINNING of "Upon a time," adults have spent so many hours analyzing and worrying over fairy tales, it's a wonder most aren't worn down to a few frazzled golden threads. But before we can get to the meaning of a fairy tale, it must delight us, or scare us, or perhaps both. Two books for young readers - Emily Jenkins's "Brave Red, Smart Frog," illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason, and "Snow & Rose," by Emily Winfield Martin - reimagine Brothers Grimm fairy tales, treating delight, with a few grisly bits folded in, as its own reward. The deeper meanings of these stories do emerge, but the pleasure they give is paramount. "Brave Red, Smart Frog" is subtitled "A New Book of Old Tales," and the stories in it include riffs on "Snow White" and "Red Riding Hood." But Jenkins adds welcome layers of texture to parables we think we know well. She's particularly interested in flawed heroines, like Crystal, the princess in her version of "The Frog Prince," a girl with too many pretty dresses, too many pairs of shoes and "too many ladies-inwaiting instead of friends." Crystal is spoiled, but it isn't wholly her fault. She has "too few occupations and too few real conversations" - in a way she's like today's superbusy, superachieving kids, who barely have time to imagine what it might be like to kiss a frog. Eason's finely detailed illustrations balance the natural world with a fantastical one: A witch's candy cottage looks as realistic and believable as the elaborately etched bark of a tree. In "Snow & Rose," a reimagining of the Grimms' "Snow-White and Rose-Red," the lives of two sisters - practical, considerate Rose and petulant, anxious Snow - are changed forever when their father disappears in the woods. They're forced to leave their comfortable house filled with pretty things and, with their grief-stricken, somewhat checked-out mother , make a new home in the very forest that swallowed up their father. Rose attempts cheerfulness; Snow, ever wistful, can't stop thinking about all that the family has lost. As the two try to make the best of this terrible change in circumstances, they open their eyes to the new people and creatures around them. There's an ancient librarian with a wooden leg, whose shelves contain not books but strange, useful treasures; a crabby little elf-man out to stir up trouble; and a boy who specializes in growing polychrome mushrooms. He's given them fanciful names like Ruby Toadstools, Flea's Parasols, and, my personal favorite, Butterscotch Tinies. Martin, ties up the story with a graceful, satisfying flourish. Her illustrations - a bear caught in a trap, his face a world of confused, hurt feelings, or Snow, Rose and their mother heading out on Christmas Day in cozy cloaks with pointed hoods - have a gentle folkloric naivete, reminiscent of Tasha Ttidor's work. They're very pretty but also suitably mysterious. As with all fairy tales, there are lessons in these books: Cultivate inner beauty. Be kind, especially to any creature or fellow human who is suffering. And because young heroines figure so prominently, one notion emerges with particular clarity: Girls have the interior resources to do anything they want, and while a little magic helps, it's hardly necessary. Jenkins and Martin also understand that while it's important to build confidence, humility and a sense of humor about oneself are essential. In other words, that stuff about being open to kissing the frog still rings true. Now please pass the Butterscotch Tinies. Stephanie zacharek is the film critic for Time magazine.