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Snow White: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

Last updated Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Author: Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator: Charles Santore
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 1402771576
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2012

Synopsis: Last fall, Sterling republished Charles Santore's critically acclaimed version of The Wizard of Oz. Now, we proudly welcome another of his lavishly illustrated classic tales: Snow White. This exquisitely retold and newly designed edition remains faithful to the Grimms' beloved original. Featuring dreamy vistas, lush forests filled with animals, expressive characters, and an unforgettably beautiful heroine, it weaves a magical spell that will enchant children.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you seen the movie?
•  Do you know what it's about?

•  Overbearing: too much to handle
•  Malice: desire to harm another person
•  Ominous: foreshadowing evil or harm
•  Enchanted: fascinated
•  Deceive: trick
•  Wares: goods
•  Cackled: chuckle
•  Distraught: distracted; worried

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why is her name Snow White?
•  Why did the queen want to kill Snow White?
•  What three ways did the queen use to try to kill Snow White?
•  How does Snow White wake up from her sleep?
•  How is the queen punished?
•  How is this story of Snow White different from the story that we know of?

Craft ideas:
•  Mirrors, using popsicle sticks and paper. Kids draw self-portraits of themselves and decorate their mirrors.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!