Synopses & Reviews
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.
“This moody fairy tale emphasizes family, friendship, and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Martin’s characterization of the two contrary sisters is especially moving.” Publishers Weekly
“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.” Kirkus Reviews
"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.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Emily Winfield Martin is a collector and lover of fairy tales, and the original Grimm’s tale of Snow White and Rose Red enchanted and haunted her all her life. She is a painter of real and imaginary things, and the author and illustrator of such books as Dream Animals and The Wonderful Things You Will Be. Emily lives among the giant trees of Portland, Oregon, and if you need her, you might look in the heart of the woods.