Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
The classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is retold in Nordic fashion as Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. The author takes you on a grand adventure to places at the edge of the world. The palace east of the sun and west of the moon is cursed, and it is up to a nameless young girl to put an end to the curse and save the people she loves. The lass must uncover the deep, dark secrets of the trolls without harming her family or a mysterious white bear. Full of romance, sacrifice, and adventure, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a wonderful twist on the time-honored story of a girl falling in love with a beast.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow teaches the important lesson of not judging a book by its cover. The lass must learn to look beyond the fur and claws of the bear in order to see the prince that lies beneath. This book would be great to use in the classroom when teaching about comparisons between different types of fairy tales. The author does a great job of painting the setting in this story, taking the reader on an incredible journey to the white wonderland of Norway. There are many details describing the setting that help the reader envision where the story takes place, such as the description of the ice palace and the family cottage. Overall, this book teaches the reader how to fight for the things they care most about.