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An enchanting tale of friendship and bravery
Kai and Gerda are best friends who would do anything for each other. So when Kai begins to act cruelly, Gerda knows that something has gone terribly wrong—and when he disappears, she knows she is the only one who can find him. Gerda sets off on an epic journey, facing three great trials before finally discovering Kai at the palace of the evil Snow Queen. But can Gerda break the Snow Queen's enchantment and pass the final test?
This Hans Christian Andersen favorite is a timeless story of love and friendship. Readers young and old will once again fall under the spell of this magical fairy tale with lavish new illustrations by master artist Bagram Ibatoulline.
"This Andersen tale, one of the few with a genuinely happy ending, provides a showcase for Ibatoulline's dazzling gifts. The story of Kai's enchantment and Gerda's long search to rescue him offers the artist a bouquet of exotic scenes to bring to life. In one, a robber girl brings Gerda to her hideout; Ibatoulline (The Matchbox Diary) paints a dimly lit stable where a lion, flock of doves, reindeer, and other animals are held captive. In another, flickering firelight illuminates the interior of a Lapp woman's tent. Dramatic special effects a talking crow, a skyful of Northern Lights, and the eerily icy Snow Queen herself are rendered in thrilling detail. Only the characters' faces, which have the static look of portraits painted from photographs, ruffle the perfection of the spreads. The uncredited retelling ('Don't you see she has the power within her?... Look at all the animals and people who have served her.... That is her true power') draws little attention; it's the magnificent artwork that will keep readers poring over the pages. Ages 4 8. Illustrator's agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen
, the classic tale of friendship, love, and bravery, is beautifully retold with lavish illustrations by master artist Bagram Ibatoulline.
Best friends Kai and Gerda would do anything for each other. When Kai starts to behave cruelly and disappears, Gerda sets out on an epic quest to save Kai from the evil Snow Queen. But can Gerda break the Snow Queen's enchantment and complete the final task?
Full of magic and wonder, this new picture book will delight fans of beloved classics like "Thumbelina," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid."
About the Author
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disneys The Little Mermaid.