Genre: Fairy Tale / Classic / Friendship / Stepmothers
Year Published: 1972
Year Read: 2010
Publisher: Square Fish
Content Rating: Ages 5+ (Some Scary Scenes, Death and Depictions of Child Mistreatment)
“Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the classic Brothers Grimm tale that is retold by Randall Jarrell along with illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert and this book is easily one of the most beloved retellings of the classic fairy tale ever told.
Randall Jarrell has done an excellent job at retelling this classic Brothers Grimm tale, as the story is dramatic and intense at the same time. Children will be thrilled with the amount of tension going on in this tale as Snow-White tries to escape from her wicked stepmother. Also, children will love the elegant feel of the story as Snow-White is definitely a truly memorable character as she is shown to be an innocent girl trying to survive in a harsh world, which many children can easily relate to her as they might often find themselves in a world they are frightened of. Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s illustrations are simply beautiful, especially of the front image of Snow-White herself as she is shown having black wavy hair, dark beautiful eyes and a beautiful blue dress. Also, the images are set up in between the passages of the story, as there are two pages full of mainly words detailing the story and then the next two pages are full of illustrations detailing the story in a vivid way.
Parents should know that there are some intense scenes in this book including Snow-White’s wicked stepmother who tries desperately to kill Snow-White and get her lung and liver because she is more beautiful than the stepmother. Many small children might get frightened at the idea that the stepmother trying to kill Snow-White because she is more beautiful than her and many children might get the impression that someone will kill them if they are more beautiful than the other person.
“Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a beautiful tale from the Brothers Grimm that children will enjoy for many years, even though this is probably the obscured version of the classic tale even though it was awarded the Caldecott Honor. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children will be frightened by the scenes of Snow-White’s stepmother trying to kill Snow-White.