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The Snow Princess


A beautiful retelling of the classic Russian FolkTale with lavish full-color oil paintings.

When the Snow Princess sets off to see the world, Father Frost and Mother Spring warn her never to fall in love, lest she lose her immortality. She journeys alone through many lands, keeping her heart cold, but finds herself drawn to a kind and handsome young shepherd named Sergei. The Snow Princess begins to fall in love with him, but her parents’ warning haunts her dreams, and she must finally decide her own fate in the chaos of a powerful snowstorm that threatens Sergei’s life.

Inspired by a Russian ballet and illustrated with Ruth Sanderson’s lush oil paintings, this original fairy tale will charm readers of all ages.

Ruth Sanderson is the highly acclaimed illustrator of over 75 books for children. Her fairy tale retellings include The Twelve Dancing PrincessesRose Red and Snow WhiteThe Snow Princess, and The Crystal Mountain. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. The Texas Bluebonnet Award was given to her retelling of The Golden MareThe Firebird, and The Magic Ring. She lives with her husband in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

“It is easy to underestimate the power of Sanderson’s exquisite oil paintings, with their glowing textures and near-perfect detail. Most of the full-page, full-bleed illustrations are done in every shade and tonality of blue, from the ice to midnight, and she uses the washed gold of winter sunlight to pick out other effects. The page spread of the Snow Princess in her snowflake-studded, ermine-trimmed cloak, her dark hair afloat, with her hand resting on a striding polar bear, will make little girls in particular swoon.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Painted with oils, the artwork is simply stunning—among the most beautiful picture books I have seen.”
— Mary Helen Sheriff , Children’s Literature

“Inspired by a Russian opera, this tender story is, as with all this author’s books, marvelously illustrated.”
—Baltimore’s Child

“Breathtaking illustrations transport readers into this beautifully written fairytale.”
—Georgia Family Magazine

“Want a cozy read-aloud for chilly nights? 'The Snow Princess' is an exquisite choice… Author/Illustrator Ruth Sanderson uses words and images to masterful effect. Initially, pictures are rendered in cool tones: blue, gray, black. As the story continues, the oil paintings begin to glow with greater color and warmth, in keeping with the Snow Princess’s blossoming love.”
—Washington Parent

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