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Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these color illustrations by T. Pym make the classic Andersen fairy tale even more magical. One of Andersen's best-beloved tales, The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda's search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–i Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these color illustrations by T. Pym make the classic Andersen fairy tale even more magical. One of Andersen's best-beloved tales, The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda's search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–is brought to life in delicate and evocative illustrations.


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Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these color illustrations by T. Pym make the classic Andersen fairy tale even more magical. One of Andersen's best-beloved tales, The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda's search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–i Reprinted here for the first time since the 19th century, these color illustrations by T. Pym make the classic Andersen fairy tale even more magical. One of Andersen's best-beloved tales, The Snow Queen is a story about the strength and endurance of childhood friendship. Gerda's search for her playmate Kay–who was abducted by the Snow Queen and taken to her frozen palace–is brought to life in delicate and evocative illustrations.

30 review for The Snow Queen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Snedronningen = The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen The Snow Queen is an original fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was first published 21 December 1844 in New Fairy Tales. The story centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai. The Snow Queen is a tale told in seven stories: 1 - About the Mirror and Its Pieces. 2 - A Little Boy and a Little Girl. 3 - The Flower Garden of the Woman Who Knew Magic. 4 - The Prince Snedronningen = The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen The Snow Queen is an original fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was first published 21 December 1844 in New Fairy Tales. The story centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai. The Snow Queen is a tale told in seven stories: 1 - About the Mirror and Its Pieces. 2 - A Little Boy and a Little Girl. 3 - The Flower Garden of the Woman Who Knew Magic. 4 - The Prince and the Princess. 5 - The Little Robber Girl. 6 - The Lapp Woman and the Finn Woman. 7 - What Happened at the Snow Queen's Palace and What Happened Afterwards. The devil, in the form of an evil troll, has made a magic mirror that distorts the appearance of everything that it reflects. The magic mirror fails to reflect the good and beautiful aspects of people and things, and magnifies their bad and ugly aspects. The devil, who is headmaster at a troll school, takes the mirror and his pupils throughout the world, delighting in using it to distort everyone and everything; the mirror makes the loveliest landscapes look like "boiled spinach." They attempt to carry the mirror into heaven in order to make fools of the angels and of God, but the higher they lift it, the more the mirror shakes with laughter, and it slips from their grasp and falls back to earth, shattering into billions of pieces, some no larger than a grain of sand. These splinters are blown by the wind all over the Earth and get into people's hearts and eyes, freezing their hearts like blocks of ice and making their eyes like the troll-mirror itself, seeing only the bad and ugly in people and things. There was only one way to get it out. Years later, a little boy Kai and a little girl Gerda live next door to each other in the garrets of buildings with adjoining roofs in a large city. One could get from one's home to the other's just by stepping over the gutters of each building. The two families grow vegetables and roses in window boxes placed on the gutters. Gerda and Kai have a window-box garden to play in, and they become devoted to each other as playmates, and as close as if they were siblings. Kai's grandmother tells the children about the Snow Queen, who is ruler over the "snow bees" — snowflakes that look like bees. As bees have a queen, so do the snow bees, and she is seen where the snowflakes cluster the most. Looking out of his frosted window one winter, Kai sees the Snow Queen, who beckons him to come with her. Kai draws back in fear from the window. By the following spring, Gerda has learned a song that she sings to Kai: Roses flower in the vale; there we hear Child Jesus' tale! Because roses adorn the window box garden, the sight of roses always reminds Gerda of her love for Kai. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: چهاردهم ماه نوامبر سال 2003میلادی عنوان: ملکه برفی؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم بیژن نامجو؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، فکربرتر، 1391، در 48ص، مصور رنگی، فروست قشنگترین قصه های دنیا؛ شابک 9789646979628؛ گروه سنی ب و ج؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان دانمارکی - سده 19م عنوان: ملکه برفی؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم مجید میرزامحمدی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نهال نویدان، 1392، در 143ص، فروست افسانه پریان؛ شابک 9789645680600؛ گروه سنی ب و ج؛ افسانه ای است، که روانشاد «هانس کریستین آندرسن»، نویسنده ی «دانمارکی» داستان‌های کودکان، نوشته اند؛ داستان یکی از طولانی‌ترین، و همچنین تحسین برانگیزترین داستان‌هایی است، که توسط این نویسنده، نگاشته شده؛ و از روی آن، نسخه‌ های مصور بسیاری، به چاپ رسیده است؛ این کتاب هفت داستان دارد: یک - «آینه و تکه‌ هایش»؛ دو - «پسر کوچولو و دختر کوچولو»؛ سه - «باغ گل زن جادوگر»؛ چهار - «پرنس و پرنسس»؛ پنج - «دخترک دزد»؛ شش - «زن فنی و زن لاندی»؛ هفت - «چه اتفاقی برای قصر ملکه برفی افتاد و پس از آن چه شد»؛ نقل از داستان ملکه برفی: (آن دو با هم خواهر و برادر نبودند اما بیشتر از هر خواهر و برادری وقتشان را با هم می‌گذراندند؛ اسم پسر «کای» و اسم دختر «گردا» بود؛ آن‌ها در تابستان می‌توانستند با یک پرش از طریق بالکن پیش همدیگر بروند اما در زمستان باید از خانه بیرون می‌آمدند، و پله‌های زیادی را پایین و بالا می‌رفتند تا بالاخره بهم دیگر برسند؛ آن‌ها در سخت‌ترین طوفان‌های برفی هم، به هر ترتیبی بود پیش هم دیگر می‌رفتند؛ مادربزرگ پیر «کای»، یک روز برفی به آن‌ها گفت: «اینا دونه‌های برف نیستند بلکه زنبورهای سفیدی هستند که دسته‌ جمعی پرواز می‌کنند.» «کای» پرسید: «اونا ملکه هم دارند.» آخر او می‌دانست که همه‌ ی زنبورها ملکه دارند؛ پیرزن جواب داد: «بله، البته که ملکه دارند. اونجایی که توده زنبورها فشرده‌ تره پرواز می‌کنه؛ اون از بقیه زنبورها بزرگتره و هیچ‌وقت هم روی زمین نمی‌شینه، اگر هم به زمین نزدیک بشه دوباره زود اوج می‌گیره و تو آسمون تیره بالا میره؛ اون خیلی از شبای زمستون تو خیابون‌های شهر پرواز می‌کنه و از پشت شیشه‌ ی پنجره‌ ها داخل خونه‌ ها را نگاه می‌کنه؛ اون وقت شیشه پنجره‌ ها به شکل عجیبی یخ می‌زنند؛ انگار که از گلای برفی پوشیده شده باشند.)؛پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 14/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Granger

    This was actually my first time reading this story (I don't know how!). I didn't enjoy it as much as other fairy tales I've read, but still think it's worth a read... The story is about little Gerda who embarks on a long and whimsical adventure to bring her best friend Kai home. Gerda's commitment is so lovely to read about, and also the kindness which everyone shows to her on the way (especially the little robber girl!). Also, just a side note, but there's something wonderful about the logic of This was actually my first time reading this story (I don't know how!). I didn't enjoy it as much as other fairy tales I've read, but still think it's worth a read... The story is about little Gerda who embarks on a long and whimsical adventure to bring her best friend Kai home. Gerda's commitment is so lovely to read about, and also the kindness which everyone shows to her on the way (especially the little robber girl!). Also, just a side note, but there's something wonderful about the logic of children's stories -- they make so little sense and yet, as a child, they make perfect sense to you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    This is a favourite winter read of my favourite childhood fairy tale. The story starts with Kay and Gerda pressing hot pennies against the ice on the inside of their windows to see out and there's a full page illustration of this. There is a double page illustration of the snow queen taking Kay away, the sledge pulled by a dapple grey horse accompanied by ice chickens and the world below looking like a scene from a Bruegel painting. The chapter of the little robber girl is accompanied by a beaut This is a favourite winter read of my favourite childhood fairy tale. The story starts with Kay and Gerda pressing hot pennies against the ice on the inside of their windows to see out and there's a full page illustration of this. There is a double page illustration of the snow queen taking Kay away, the sledge pulled by a dapple grey horse accompanied by ice chickens and the world below looking like a scene from a Bruegel painting. The chapter of the little robber girl is accompanied by a beautiful picture of Gerda escaping on the reindeer, a part of the story I am always thankful that the poor reindeer escapes. At the end of the story there is a scene which captured my imagination as a child, the planks that bridge between Kay and Gerda's attic bedrooms with their window boxes of roses, what child wouldn't love one of these to their friend's house! I would be very surprised if there were a nicer version of this story. Nicky Raven's retelling is superb and Vladyslav Yerko's illustrations are breath taking, so detailed, inventive, magical and perfect for this story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    3 stars I picked up The Snow Queen because I'm trying to fit in a few more Christmas reads and I got it free from audible. The narration was good, but the story was just okay for me. I know a lot of people love this story and read it as children... this was my first read through. It was only about an hour to listen. I liked it, but compared to my last holiday audible listen it just missed the mark for me. 3 stars I picked up The Snow Queen because I'm trying to fit in a few more Christmas reads and I got it free from audible. The narration was good, but the story was just okay for me. I know a lot of people love this story and read it as children... this was my first read through. It was only about an hour to listen. I liked it, but compared to my last holiday audible listen it just missed the mark for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    This was one of my favorite stories as a very young child. I hadn't re-read this short tale in many many years. My thoughts upon rereading: Well, it's more sentimental than I remembered, and the tone, especially at the beginning, is almost verging on patronizing in the way it addresses the (presumably young) reader/listener. As a child, I don't think I picked up on that at all. It's also more overtly Christian/religious than I remembered. (I've noticed that about a good number of the 19th-century This was one of my favorite stories as a very young child. I hadn't re-read this short tale in many many years. My thoughts upon rereading: Well, it's more sentimental than I remembered, and the tone, especially at the beginning, is almost verging on patronizing in the way it addresses the (presumably young) reader/listener. As a child, I don't think I picked up on that at all. It's also more overtly Christian/religious than I remembered. (I've noticed that about a good number of the 19th-century children's tales that I've re-read, George MacDonald for example, and Howard Pyle.) I think as a kid I just tuned that stuff out, but took it for granted. The imagery: still so beautiful! The shards of glass, the snowflakes, the roses... This is why the story has endured so long. It is simply gorgeous. As a child, I perceived Andersen's Snow Queen as the same character as Jadis, the White Witch, in CS Lewis' 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.' As an adult, well, yeah, it is definitely the same character. Lewis took her, whole cloth, and her sleigh too.... Vivid memory - this story was the first time I'd ever heard of "Lapland," and it seemed like such a fantastic land. Interesting to realize that this portrayal of northern Finland was probably much more 'realistic' & contemporary (if remote) to children reading the story when it was first published, and people there still did depend on reindeer and travel by sleigh... The robber girl!!!! How on earth did I ever forget about her! Her practical and self-interested, but not quite 'bad' character is simply amazing. I've seen modern criticism of 'The Snow Queen' accusing it of being an apologist tale for domestic abuse, encouraging women to pursue relationships with men who mistreat them. It is possible to read the Snow Queen as the homewrecker, and Gerda as the good wife who must faithfully pursue her errant husband, represented by Kay, but I don't think Andersen intended that, or that the story actually is that. I think it's more likely that Andersen intended another possible reading: that of a Christian allegory, where both Gerda and Kay are, at times, led astray and forget what is right (Kay due to the shard of glass; Gerda due to the witch's enchantment), but eventually find their way back to the Faith & redemption and live in innocence and purity. However, I personally like the simplest and most direct reading: that the story is what it says it is, a narrative of bravery and friendship. That the enchantment on Kay is real, and not his fault, and that Gerda's dedication to her quest, and her achievement, is admirable. I think that one of Andersen's main intentions here is, clearly, to show women as brave, capable, and self-sufficient. Throughout the story, they keep appearing: First, of course, there's Gerda and her quest to rescue her friend. But there's also the childrens' grandmothers, who are more vivid characters than the childrens' parents; the witch, who keeps her cottage all on her own; the princess, who had no intention of marrying until she met a man who appreciated her intellect; the knife-wielding bandit girl, whose mother seems to be the leader of the robbers; & the Lapp woman, who gives Gerda help & directions on her quest, to meet a Finnish wise woman. Of course, the Snow Queen herself wields her power alone... The biggest takeaway I believe I had from this story, though, is from the very beginning. The imp's twisted mirror which shows everything as ugly and rotten, and its shard of glass that, in someone's eye does the same, took hold for me in the idea that the world is the world, but that how we look at it can be an option. We can focus on the mean and the corrupt in all things - or we can look for the beauty and the redeeming qualities of the world. It is up to us. (We don't have to see everything as boiled spinach.) ;-) Many thanks to NetGalley and Pushkin for the opportunity to revisit this tale. As always, my opinions are solely my own. Of course, differences in editions of a classic tale like this largely come down to the illustrations. So far, it looks like Amazon Japan has a couple of previews of the images from this edition, while other sites don't: https://www.amazon.co.jp/Snow-Queen-H...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna Backshall

    ★ one very bewildered star So this is awkward. I was not expecting The Snow Queen to be religious. Spoiler alert: this is a *very* Christian fairy tale. The genres listed on the main Goodreads page for the book made no mention of anything religious, just simply "fairy tale", "fantasy", "classic", "fiction" and the like. When recommended to me, it was supposed to be the children's fairy tale that inspired a Disney movie -- a winter story of friendship and love, not The Gospel According to Andersen. ★ one very bewildered star So this is awkward. I was not expecting The Snow Queen to be religious. Spoiler alert: this is a *very* Christian fairy tale. The genres listed on the main Goodreads page for the book made no mention of anything religious, just simply "fairy tale", "fantasy", "classic", "fiction" and the like. When recommended to me, it was supposed to be the children's fairy tale that inspired a Disney movie -- a winter story of friendship and love, not The Gospel According to Andersen. I found The Snow Queen hard to follow, rambling, nonsensical and manipulative.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This was a nice story. I hope to listen to it again in one sitting. I think I may have lost some of the story with all of the stopping and starting I did. I still don't feel compelled to watch Frozen after listening to this story. This was a nice story. I hope to listen to it again in one sitting. I think I may have lost some of the story with all of the stopping and starting I did. I still don't feel compelled to watch Frozen after listening to this story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dem

    3.5 Stars The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen was a beautiful story. I listened to this one on audio while wrapping Christmas presents in front of the fire. What great company this little book was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This is my favorite fairy tale, hands down. If I'm honest, I'm such a huge fan of snow and cold weather. The idea of snow becoming personified makes a lot of sense, because winter does seem to have a life of its own. I love in Texas, and we don't get much winter, but I grew up with it. I miss it so much! Reading this book makes me long for a good winter. Along with the evocative imagery of winter, there is a very emotional and spiritual love story. Kay and Gerda share a strong emotional bond, but This is my favorite fairy tale, hands down. If I'm honest, I'm such a huge fan of snow and cold weather. The idea of snow becoming personified makes a lot of sense, because winter does seem to have a life of its own. I love in Texas, and we don't get much winter, but I grew up with it. I miss it so much! Reading this book makes me long for a good winter. Along with the evocative imagery of winter, there is a very emotional and spiritual love story. Kay and Gerda share a strong emotional bond, but that bond is damaged by Kay's infection with the slivers from the shattered evil mirror. His eye and his heart are pricked, and it changes the way he sees the world, and makes his loving heart grow cold towards poor Gerda. But Gerda doesn't give up on him. When the Snow Queen steals away Kay, she goes searching for him, going on quite an odyssey and meeting some very unusual people along the way. But she never gives up on him. The lesson of sacrificial love never gets old. That kind of love can melt the fiercest frozen heart and claim back those who are lost. I loved rereading this, and the illustrations I had in my version was a lovely adjunct. If one has not ever read this book, I highly recommend it. It's available as a free ebook as part of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tale collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    I remember being bored when I read this story as a child, and reading it again now, nothing has really changed for me. The Snow Queen starts out interestingly enough, and the imagery throughout is good, but as for the actual storyline... It is very long and discursive, and as in many fairy tales, the events seem very random, and the reader tends to lose the main thread. It is the sort of story which could make a marvellous stage production, with all its imaginative possibilities, or a film or TV I remember being bored when I read this story as a child, and reading it again now, nothing has really changed for me. The Snow Queen starts out interestingly enough, and the imagery throughout is good, but as for the actual storyline... It is very long and discursive, and as in many fairy tales, the events seem very random, and the reader tends to lose the main thread. It is the sort of story which could make a marvellous stage production, with all its imaginative possibilities, or a film or TV adaptation - as indeed it has, many times over the years. There are also many beautifully illustrated versions of the tale. The Snow Queen, or "Snedronningen", by Hans Christian Andersen, is one of his longest original fairy tales, which was first published in 1844. At its core it is about the struggle between good and evil as experienced by two children, a girl, Gerda and her friend, a boy, Kay. It is told in seven parts, or chapters: 1. The Mirror and the Splinters 2. A Little Boy and a Little Girl 3. The Old Woman's Flower Garden 4. A Prince and a Princess 5. The Little Robber Girl 6. The Lapp Woman and the Finn Woman 7. What Happened at the Snow Queen's Palace and What Happened After That The first part starts in Hans Christian Andersen's delightfully chatty way, "Listen! This is the beginning. And when we get to the end we shall know more than we do now." The storyteller tells of an evil troll, called "The Devil", who made a magic mirror which distorted the appearance of everything it reflected. It would never reflect the good and beautiful aspects of people and things, but instead magnify their bad and ugly aspects. "The Devil" thinks this is a great joke. He is the headmaster at a school for demons, who all decide to carry the mirror into heaven with the idea of making fun of the angels and God, But, "the mirror shook and grinned, and grinned and shook" until eventually all the demons dropped it, and it broke into "a million billion splinters", some no bigger than a grain of sand. These glass splinters "blew everywhere, getting into people's eyes, and making them see everything ugly and twisted. Some splinters even got into people's hearts and that was awful, because their hearts became like blocks of ice." The first part is quite a short chapter, explaining the underlying moral thread which is to run throughout the story. The next chapter introduces the two characters, the little boy Kay, and the little girl Gerda. They live next door to each other in a large city, in the garrets of buildings which have adjoining roofs. They play among the window boxes there, which are full of herbs and roses. It was easy to get from Gerda's to Kay's home, just by stepping over the gutters of each building. The two become great friends. Kay's grandmother tells them stories about the Snow Queen, who is ruler over the "snow bees" — snowflakes that look like bees. Just as bees have a queen, so do the snow bees. So wherever the snowflakes clustered the most, there you would find the Snow Queen. Looking out of his frosted window one winter's day, Kay sees the Snow Queen, who beckons to him to come with her. Kay is frightened and draws back from the window. The days pass and there is a thaw. But one day in Spring, something happens, "Oh! What's that pain in my heart! And oh! What's that in my eye?" Even though the child blinks and thinks it has gone, we can tell from their behaviour that one of the glass splinters from the evil troll, "The Devil"'s mirror has become lodged. The child becomes cruel and aggressive, and the other cannot understand the change in their friend, who teased them, "kicked the window box, and tore off the rose blooms", made fun of the kind grandmother, and did all sorts of horrid things. Everything seemed distorted and ugly to this enchanted child now, and the only interesting and beautiful things, are the tiny snowflakes to be seen through a magnifying glass. While Kay and Gerda are playing with their sleds in the snow, the Snow Queen appears as a woman in a white fur coat, driving a curious white sleigh carriage. The enchanted child is tempted to go back with the Snow Queen to their palace. If this is all beginning to sound familar to you, perhaps it reminds you of C.S. Lewis. The first part of this story, with the adjoining garrets and crossing over the rooftops, was very reminiscent of the first (or prequel) Narnia story, "The Magician's Nephew" At the beginning of that story, the Victorian children are neighbours in a similar type of building, and this aspect is crucial to the story's plot. Then in a similar way, C.S. Lewis clearly took his inspiration for the witch "Jadis" Queen of Charn, (who called herself the "Queen of Narnia") from Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen. The first meeting between Jadis and one of the children in "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" is almost a rerun of Hans Christian Andersen's idea. Just as C.S. Lewis's stories are clearly moral allegories, this earlier story is also a tale of good and evil. And all the subsequent story follows the child who is under the mirror's spell. It involves an evil sorceress, a clever crow, a pair of doves, a Prince and a Princess, a frightening robber girl, and a captive reindeer. There is a "Mirror of Reason", and a Chinese Puzzle. There is a beautiful flower garden, an old Finnish woman and an old Lapp woman. Throughout, the child is determined to rescue the friend, showing loyalty, great courage and tenacity. Eventually the children's adventures are over and the enchantment is dispersed by the power of love. Kay and Gerda make their way back to their home, to "the big city", where they find that everything is just the same, except that they themselves have grown through their experiences. At the end, the grandmother reads a passage from the Bible, "Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven", and Kay and Gerda realise that they were saved by their goodness and innocence. They will always remain children at heart. This story was originally included in the same book of fairy stories as "The Nightingale" which was a tribrute to Jenny Lind. But in the meantime, Jenny Lind had spurned Hans Christian Andersen's affections. The author subsequently - and rather unfairly - modelled the Snow Queen on what he saw as her icy manner towards him. The Snow Queen is a story of high fantasy, and usually included in most anthologies including works by Hans Christian Andersen; it is considered one of his greatest stories. However it does not really capture my imagination. I am extremely glad though, that he inadvertently provided the inspiration for part of C.S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles, which I do enjoy enormously. "I can't give her any more power than she has within her. Don't you feel how strong that is? Humans and beasts are at her service as she makes her way through the wide world on her two bare feet. But she must not learn of her power from us. (view spoiler)[ It comes from the innocence of her dear child's heart. If she can't find her own way into the palace and free little Kay by herself, there's nothing we can do to help. (hide spoiler)] " (The Finn woman talking to the reindeer) Both illustrations are by Hans Christian Andersen's original illustrator, Vilhelm Pedersen

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Far more enjoyable than anticipated, though I think partly due to the wonderful geometric illustrations that accompanied the story. It is a fairly simple story with basic imagery and not a particularly great translation (I find all translations to be rather dire and wish the babel fish only existed) but it was an enjoyable read due to its simplicity. It feels almost unique in that there are heart-warming notions but no in-your-face morals. Characters and dialogue were vague and shaky at best, bu Far more enjoyable than anticipated, though I think partly due to the wonderful geometric illustrations that accompanied the story. It is a fairly simple story with basic imagery and not a particularly great translation (I find all translations to be rather dire and wish the babel fish only existed) but it was an enjoyable read due to its simplicity. It feels almost unique in that there are heart-warming notions but no in-your-face morals. Characters and dialogue were vague and shaky at best, but one cannot deny the lovely imagery and inventiveness of the piece. Definitely better than The Fir Tree, which was the first and only thing I'd read from Andersen. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jin

    This a beautiful edition of the famous „The Snow Queen“ by Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations by Sanna Annukka. I will not go into depth to describe the story as it’s already well known to many. The reason why I bought this specific edition is Sanna Annukka. The illustrations are absolutely STUNNING and so beautiful to look at. Even though the book was published in 2015, it still feels modern und up-to-date with many details and colors to dream of. I love how the graphics and patterns wor This a beautiful edition of the famous „The Snow Queen“ by Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations by Sanna Annukka. I will not go into depth to describe the story as it’s already well known to many. The reason why I bought this specific edition is Sanna Annukka. The illustrations are absolutely STUNNING and so beautiful to look at. Even though the book was published in 2015, it still feels modern und up-to-date with many details and colors to dream of. I love how the graphics and patterns work together to show a building or the snow queen herself. While using rather simple geometric symbols, Sanna Annukka succeeds to create a whole new world perfectly fitting to the setting of the story. While I can imagine that some might not like this art style because it’s not the usual fairy tale style, I really love a new approach to illustrate a well-known tale to create new, inspiring pictures.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    In this retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen classic, two young children have their friendship torn apart when a curse befalls one of them and he disappears. The Snow Queen lures him away, off to do her bidding. When the young girl goes looking for her friend, she is pulled in many directions and ends up hitting a dead end on more than one occasion. However, determination and the power of her love breaks down a wall or two and thaws a frozen heart, which allows the truth to triumph over all. N In this retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen classic, two young children have their friendship torn apart when a curse befalls one of them and he disappears. The Snow Queen lures him away, off to do her bidding. When the young girl goes looking for her friend, she is pulled in many directions and ends up hitting a dead end on more than one occasion. However, determination and the power of her love breaks down a wall or two and thaws a frozen heart, which allows the truth to triumph over all. Neo liked the story, but felt that it went on and on and on, with little of actual excitement. Andersen classics are not to be trifled with, but even still, it seemed the point was held on ice, like much of the Snow Queen’s prisoners.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Well, I'm not gonna turn down an audible freebie now am I? Their take: The Snow Queen will be free until January 31, 2015. Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless Well, I'm not gonna turn down an audible freebie now am I? Their take: The Snow Queen will be free until January 31, 2015. Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stepheny

    The Snow Queen was a free gift to audible members…last winter. It’s been loaded on my app for quite some time without really catching my interest. I made the decision to read it when I started season 4 of Once Upon a Time. The narration was really great and I enjoyed the story. I have never watched Frozen. I was worried about that for a while because it was the movie everyone was talking about it… I had to let it go… No one? Alright. Can’t blame me, can you? Anyway, it’s worth a read. The story is The Snow Queen was a free gift to audible members…last winter. It’s been loaded on my app for quite some time without really catching my interest. I made the decision to read it when I started season 4 of Once Upon a Time. The narration was really great and I enjoyed the story. I have never watched Frozen. I was worried about that for a while because it was the movie everyone was talking about it… I had to let it go… No one? Alright. Can’t blame me, can you? Anyway, it’s worth a read. The story is there, the characters are great. I can’t say a lot because it’s so damn short. Mayhap even shorter than this review! But, read it. Listen to it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    Very dark but interesting. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks Very dark but interesting. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Audible freebie (like everyone else). I listened to this one while trying, and failing, to take a nap. Stupid stuffyrunnysore nose. >_< I did like the reading of this one. I think that Julia Whelan had the right kind of voice for this story, and handled all of the characters well. She gave them each their own personality but didn't overwhelm the character with cartoonish voices. The story... well, it was a little innocently simplistic for me, and none of it really made any sense (why would a crue Audible freebie (like everyone else). I listened to this one while trying, and failing, to take a nap. Stupid stuffyrunnysore nose. >_< I did like the reading of this one. I think that Julia Whelan had the right kind of voice for this story, and handled all of the characters well. She gave them each their own personality but didn't overwhelm the character with cartoonish voices. The story... well, it was a little innocently simplistic for me, and none of it really made any sense (why would a cruel little girl let someone go just because? She enjoys keeping things against their will, and yet all of a sudden, she's going to be altruistic?) but I guess it's a fairy tale, so sense is not what they are intended to be made of. Still it was a quick little story, and it was free, so I can't complain.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Disney's Frozen said it was based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. That's what piqued my interest in this classic. So, after reading this, I can say fairly that Frozen is VERY loosely based. I found elements that contribute to the world and lore in which Elsa becomes the Snow Queen, but Hans's Snow Queen is less endearing. In short, I'll place the Snow Queen / Frozen comparison in the category of good book, great movie, but each in their own right. Regarding edition, the Kindle ebook Disney's Frozen said it was based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. That's what piqued my interest in this classic. So, after reading this, I can say fairly that Frozen is VERY loosely based. I found elements that contribute to the world and lore in which Elsa becomes the Snow Queen, but Hans's Snow Queen is less endearing. In short, I'll place the Snow Queen / Frozen comparison in the category of good book, great movie, but each in their own right. Regarding edition, the Kindle ebook with this cover [The Snow Queen (Fairy eBooks) by Hans Christian Andersen, Marie-Michelle Joy and T. Pym... Published March 5, 2012] was a good version with illustrations for both e-ink Kindles and full color Kindle apps.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    It seems that Frozen was inspired by this story but I can't see much of a similarity. Really liked the determined little girl who sought after her lost playfellow. The phrase birds of a feather flock together stuck out to me and I looked it up to see if this was the first time it had appeared in literature. It wasn't. Apparently the origin of the phrase was William Turner's 1545 version of it in The Rescuing of Romish Fox: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together." Though th It seems that Frozen was inspired by this story but I can't see much of a similarity. Really liked the determined little girl who sought after her lost playfellow. The phrase birds of a feather flock together stuck out to me and I looked it up to see if this was the first time it had appeared in literature. It wasn't. Apparently the origin of the phrase was William Turner's 1545 version of it in The Rescuing of Romish Fox: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together." Though there was another similar phrase found in Plato's Republic and it's debatable if that was the origin of the phrase or not.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

    This Audible freebie is a nice way to hear the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. It's not a particularly thrilling fable - boys meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back - though really, it's the girl who does the getting. The story starts with an evil hobgoblin (also referred to as a demon) who goes to magic school (why did Rowling not find a way to hook this into her mythology?) and creates a magic mirror which shows "reality" in the harshest, ugliest way possible. It is shatter This Audible freebie is a nice way to hear the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. It's not a particularly thrilling fable - boys meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back - though really, it's the girl who does the getting. The story starts with an evil hobgoblin (also referred to as a demon) who goes to magic school (why did Rowling not find a way to hook this into her mythology?) and creates a magic mirror which shows "reality" in the harshest, ugliest way possible. It is shattered into a million pieces, and spread around the world, where it becomes smaller mirrors, spectacles, or tiny specks of glass getting caught in peoples' eyes, creating mischief and cold-hearted misunderstanding. One such shard gets in the eye of a little boy named Kai, who then spurns his childhood sweetheart, Gerda. One day he goes wandering in the woods and is picked up by the Snow Queen. Gerda, convinced that he is not dead, goes on a quest to find him. There are talking flowers, talking crows, and a not-really-evil witch, and of course, the Snow Queen herself. A cute story with perhaps a few too many elements thrown in for the fantasy-minded modern reader, but it would certainly entertain children. Anderson does wrap this tale up with a rather saccharine Christian moral, but it's a story to please those in search of adventuresome girls and magical talking animals. Now maybe I should go see Frozen.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    First published in 1844, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is a delightfully charming, if somewhat dated, fantasy – back when fantasies were called faerie tales. Told in seven parts, Anderson borrows liberally from Christian themes and pre-Christian myth to create a richly complex, but simply entertaining story that children will enjoy and adults will find amusing, especially the classical, Biblical and mythic references that may be lost, unapologetically so, on a younger reader. C.S. Lew First published in 1844, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is a delightfully charming, if somewhat dated, fantasy – back when fantasies were called faerie tales. Told in seven parts, Anderson borrows liberally from Christian themes and pre-Christian myth to create a richly complex, but simply entertaining story that children will enjoy and adults will find amusing, especially the classical, Biblical and mythic references that may be lost, unapologetically so, on a younger reader. C.S. Lewis fans will no doubt see in the Snow Queen a model for the White Witch and apparently this was the early pattern for Disney’s popular film Frozen.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I kind of like this. I was a little lost at the end but overall I thought it was really interesting. It's really different from what I'm used to and I'm really interested in the old interpretations of our modern retelling of the stories. The author definitely has an interesting imagination I kind of like this. I was a little lost at the end but overall I thought it was really interesting. It's really different from what I'm used to and I'm really interested in the old interpretations of our modern retelling of the stories. The author definitely has an interesting imagination

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    So what do you do on a hot and sticky day - thats right read a book about snow and ice. I came across an opportunity to pick up a copy of the Snow Queen in the Everyman Children's Classic series and leapt at it. So after 95 pages of what I feel is quintessential Hans Christian Anderson here I am and I must admit that it did not disappoint. Like a lot in the series (and what seems to be a growing trend) the book used illustrations from one its famous predecessors. As such it completes the whole im So what do you do on a hot and sticky day - thats right read a book about snow and ice. I came across an opportunity to pick up a copy of the Snow Queen in the Everyman Children's Classic series and leapt at it. So after 95 pages of what I feel is quintessential Hans Christian Anderson here I am and I must admit that it did not disappoint. Like a lot in the series (and what seems to be a growing trend) the book used illustrations from one its famous predecessors. As such it completes the whole image of a timeless classic. However what struck me the most is that we have here a title which I cannot begin to measure its influence on popular culture and literature in general. However the story I read was like nothing I have read before. Keeping within the lines of no spoilers I can say that this was not the story I was expected (although to be fair I didn't know what to expect), however in reflection this is exactly what I should have expected. So another trip in to the world of Children's classics and I must admit they keep on surprising me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This was another audiobook that Audible gave away for free. Unfortunately this was as bad as the last freebie offering. This was a dreadful bore. Thankfully it was a short read. Rating: 2 stars. Audio Note: Even the excellent Julia Whelan could not save this story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jarom

    I. LOVE. THIS. STORY. Yes, this is a fairy tale that I plan to tell my children before I tuck them into bed at night. Holy cow. This is the tale of a boy and a girl. Simple enough, right? The story hasn't even begun and you know it will be good. It all begins with a mirror. Made by demons in the pits of Hades, this mirror takes everything good that looks into it and makes it the exact opposite. The better of a person you are, the worse it makes you look. This mirror shatters. Shards fall to the ear I. LOVE. THIS. STORY. Yes, this is a fairy tale that I plan to tell my children before I tuck them into bed at night. Holy cow. This is the tale of a boy and a girl. Simple enough, right? The story hasn't even begun and you know it will be good. It all begins with a mirror. Made by demons in the pits of Hades, this mirror takes everything good that looks into it and makes it the exact opposite. The better of a person you are, the worse it makes you look. This mirror shatters. Shards fall to the earth, and one of them pierces the heart of a boy. It poisons him, freezes his heart over, and he is spirited away by the mysterious Snow Queen. The girl, his close friend in childhood, notices his change in behaviour and when he goes missing, she embarks on a quest to save him. Following several encounters, she finally finds him deep in the Snow Queen's frosted palace, frostbitten and numb to the world. He doesn't recognize her. It is here that she realizes just how much he means to her, now that he looks at her with dead eyes. She can't get him to remember her, so she hugs him and turns to leave. And the shard of mirror falls out of his heart, and it all suddenly comes rushing back. He sweeps her off her feet and they live happily ever after, the end :) Perfect. This is a fairy tale that puts into perspective the journey. Everyone expects a happily ever after to fall into their lap as soon as they fall in love. We often overlook the dragons, the orcs, the goblins and imps that lie in the way to everlasting happiness, don't we? Well folks, love is easily found. Pure, true love, however, is what remains when the knight sheathes his sword for the last time. After the last bandit surrenders and the troll lies slain, that is when two lovers decide on a happily ever after. So the million dollar question: is love worth it? Is it worth the fight? I'm with Hans Christian Anderson: Heavens yes it is! Great story. Loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Milica

    One day, when the Devil was feeling very good about himself, he created a special mirror. The mirror took everything that was good and beautiful in the world and turned it into bad and ugly, and when things were bad and ugly it did the opposite. When the goblins – the Devil’s pupils tried to fly to Heaven, to mock angels, the mirror laughed so much that it slipped from goblins’ hands and shattered into millions of pieces when it hit the ground. Some of those pieces were so small that they could One day, when the Devil was feeling very good about himself, he created a special mirror. The mirror took everything that was good and beautiful in the world and turned it into bad and ugly, and when things were bad and ugly it did the opposite. When the goblins – the Devil’s pupils tried to fly to Heaven, to mock angels, the mirror laughed so much that it slipped from goblins’ hands and shattered into millions of pieces when it hit the ground. Some of those pieces were so small that they could fly all around the world, and every time they got in someone’s eye, they made that person only see what’s wrong and bad about everything. That’s what happened to Kai. Kai was a small boy who had spent all his life playing with his best friend Gerda. Shortly after he was struck with the piece of mirror, the Snow Queen came and kidnapped him. Everybody thought that he was lost, everybody except of Gerda. In order to find Kai, with only innocence of a child as her power, Gerda will travel through dangerous places and meet all kinds of people, some good, some bad. But, what will happen when she finally finds him? The Snow Queen is a story about friendship, the purest kind, about children's innocence, and about love. I think I would have loved it more, had I read it as a child. This way some parts were boring to me, and the final resolution was painfully anticlimactic. Still, it was nice story and I’m glad I read it. This edition contains illustrations, and I found them nice addition to the story. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    The Snow Queen is one of my favorite tales from my childhood. I grew up in the southern US where it never snowed so the imagery of so much snow and ice, reindeer and beauty always astounded me. Although I've moved north, while re-reading this story, that beauty still does overwhelm me. I had no idea that this was the premise for Disney's "Frozen" since I don't do Disney and even now I'm rather taken aback at the thought. The Snow Queen has so many layers, different stories, tales within tales an The Snow Queen is one of my favorite tales from my childhood. I grew up in the southern US where it never snowed so the imagery of so much snow and ice, reindeer and beauty always astounded me. Although I've moved north, while re-reading this story, that beauty still does overwhelm me. I had no idea that this was the premise for Disney's "Frozen" since I don't do Disney and even now I'm rather taken aback at the thought. The Snow Queen has so many layers, different stories, tales within tales and, of course, the overall moral. Its encompassing theme of friendship and love enduring and goodness, true goodness, triumphing over evil is always my favorite. In this particular tale it is seen as a power, a gift, and I like that for true goodness truly is a power in the world we live in today. Some have remarked that it is boring. I dare say that it is boring only to minds that have been dumbed down to Disney's level. That is too sad. The men who wrote these old fables were writing for children who devoured these tales with glee. The fact that adults cannot read them today says so much about out world.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Beautifully written and incredibly intriguing, I didn't absolutely love it but I didn't dislike it. Just a very nice, quick read to start the year. I can also see little fragments of it in Frozen! Beautifully written and incredibly intriguing, I didn't absolutely love it but I didn't dislike it. Just a very nice, quick read to start the year. I can also see little fragments of it in Frozen!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Davies

    This fairytale is perhaps my favorite one of all time. The story of two young children, Kay, a boy, and Gerda, a girl, friends who are "like brother and sister" so close they are to each other. They are poor; their parents live opposite one another in two "garrets" and their grandmother is near them. A hobgoblin's spell interferes with Kay's way of looking at the world. Before too long, Kay is "abducted" by the mysterious and chillingly seductive Snow Queen, who has a heart of ice. When Kay goes This fairytale is perhaps my favorite one of all time. The story of two young children, Kay, a boy, and Gerda, a girl, friends who are "like brother and sister" so close they are to each other. They are poor; their parents live opposite one another in two "garrets" and their grandmother is near them. A hobgoblin's spell interferes with Kay's way of looking at the world. Before too long, Kay is "abducted" by the mysterious and chillingly seductive Snow Queen, who has a heart of ice. When Kay goes missing, Gerda wonders where he might be, and this is the beginning of a quest narrative, with the anatagonists being the witch with her garden of "floral voices," the Prince and Princess, and the crow who provide delays, temptations, misleading information and pleasurable but time-wasting distractions along the way. This tale is not straightforward by any means. Beneath the surface of the text, we have a romance story of cruel seduction in which The Snow Queen seduces Kay, and he goes willingly on a dangerous adventure to end up trapped, isolated and devoid of love or feeling. Kay complements the darkness of The Snow Queen deceptively hidden in the "light" of snow and ice. Kay also represents the shadow side; he may not even be worthy of Gerda who is his willing but passive rescuer in the tale. Although lacking in direction, she represents goodness and loyalty. Kay, full of adolescent angst, with "ice" in his eye and his heart - splinters from the hobgoblin's mirror which have distorted his vision- shows he has a coldness about him, a way of looking at the world that means he is blinded. When Gerda finally finds him, The Snow Queen has vanished. The Snow Queen will always be an enigma, but perhaps this tale is a religious allegorical tale of Death, which is a seducer, and the afterlife; the children's return home to the garden as adults, in the warmth of the sunshine. This is their salvation in "heaven." The recurring motif of the rose represents memory, idealizing and romanticising childhood itself as being at one with nature. Importantly, it is repeated in the religious verse; God's promise is that his love is infinite, and outlasts the flowers, when the blooms have died. Even without the undertext of romance, this beautiful story would still be romantic. The way in which Andersen describes the snow is enchanting and unforgettable. The richness of the text means this fairytale can be read by older children and adults.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tatevik

    This was my favorite animation as a kid. The snow queen was the scariest character I've ever seen, and I loved the robber girl so much! This was my favorite animation as a kid. The snow queen was the scariest character I've ever seen, and I loved the robber girl so much!

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