The Snow Queen Review


TITLE: The Snow Queen

AUTHOR: Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrator: Sanna Annukka

ISBN: 0399578501

PUBLISHING: Ten Speed Press

RELEASE DATE: October 4th 2016 (originally in 1844)


GENRE(S): Classics, Childrens, Fantasy, Fairytales







I immediately loved everything about this book simply from the cover, the illustrations, and the fact that it was an original fairytale. I’ve never read this before but I have seen several renditions of this story on film. My overall experience was that this was a very fun and light read as I read it out loud with my husband. This way, I feel like I was able to experience it even more by sharing it with another being and it was fun to talk about it together as well as gage each other’s reactions.

The illustrations that were included by Sanna Annukka were beautiful and definitely brought a different taste of art to the table, if you will. Her style is very geometric and print-like. Upon further research about her, I found out that she’s both an accomplished artist and interior designer, featured in many articles and magazines. It was refreshing to see her beautiful pieces that reflected her understanding of The Snow Queen.

The story itself was such a diverse story filled with many places and people who either helped the little girl, Gerda, on her way to finding little Kay, or brought along obstacles that delayed her worthwhile journey. I thought it was interesting and neat to see that Andersen broke up the story into 7 smaller segments, “like chapters”, my husband said. Although it was one big story, we usually read one or two “stories” a night and made us want to find out what happened the next day.

I’m still not sure if Hans Christian Andersen did this on purpose or not but I think he intended this as a little bit of a comedy of some sorts. That or it’s just a dark children’s story. But I like the little humor injected in at random and I’ll stick to liking that idea better!

I would highly recommend reading this yourself or to children/others. It’s such a fun story that initiates so many inner questions about both Gerda’s journey and your own life. Questions like: What kind of person am I? What will I gain from this experience? Will it be worth it in the end? Do I have strength enough to both endure and fight through the stumbling blocks? These and many others I asked myself as I read this and was pleasantly surprised at the end of the story.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


About Sanna Annukka:

Sanna Annukka was born in Brighton UK to a Finnish mother and a British father.
She spent many childhood summers in her mother’s home village of Paltaniemi in Northern Finland and together with her aunts and uncles they would head into Lapland to camp in the wilderness, pick berries and fish for wild salmon. Having spent some time living with her grandmother in her old wooden house, and helping on the family farm, Finland became Sanna’s spiritual home.
Her love of the Finnish landscape and culture of the north was shaped by these early experiences, and her work draws on the magical quality of this special, wild part of the world.

Currently Sanna lives in Brighton, England working as a Printmaker and Textile Designer.
Her work expresses her love of pattern, decoration and mythology so often found in traditional cultures all over the world, but especially close to her heart are the Sami people of Lapland. She divides her time between designing collections for the Finnish textile brand Marimekko, and working on her own range of silk screen prints and other products.

ABOUT Han Andersen:

Hans Christian Andersen (1805—75) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker, who nonetheless was a great reader, made a toy-theatre for his son and taught him to notice every natural wonder as they walked in the woods together on Sundays. His father died when he was eleven, and it wasn’t until six years later that, with the help of a patron, he finally went to a state secondary school attended by much youger children. There he suffered at the hands of a cruel headmaster, but he aquired an education and was determined to be a writer. He published his first novel and his first fairy tales in 1835; thereafter he wrote over 150 more of these stories which have become classics in many languages.

A lonely man who never married, he was also an anxious man; he loved travelling, but would carry a coil of rope with him in case of fire in his hotel. Although he originally addressed his fairy tales to children (and some would maintain he had a streak of childhood in his nature) he insisted they were ‘for all ages’, and the gentleness and humor that are their characteristics are recognized by everyone.


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