Snow White (Once Upon a World #2)

by Chloe Perkins (Author) Misa Saburi (Illustrator)

Snow White (Once Upon a World #2)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

The classic story of Snow White gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Japanese spin on the beloved fairy tale!

Once upon a time, there was a princess called Snow White. She lived in a magnificent castle with her stepmother, a beautiful but wicked queen... The classic tale of Snow White gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World.

With Japan as the backdrop, and beautiful artwork from Japanese illustrator Misa Saburi, Snow White is still the same girl who meets seven dwarves and accepts a shiny red apple--but she's totally reimagined.

Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--In these board books, standard fairy tales are simply and traditionally retold and splendidly paired with multicultural illustrations, lending a new flair to the old stories. Cinderella is set in Mexico. The folk art--style images are bursting with color, as Cinderella attends the ball (fiesta) and meets her prince. Snow White is set in Japan, with a princess (wearing a kimono) who lives in a castle (a pagoda). The artwork, with its heavy use of black, reinforces the dark tone of the fairy tale. In both entries, the familiar and pleasing ending of "happily ever after" is emphasized with bold print. These editions are clearly for older audiences rather than for typical board book readers, but fairy-tale lovers are not likely to mind. VERDICT These traditional retellings of classic fairy tales with a multicultural visual twist will appeal to new and old fans of the stories.--Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Chloe Perkins
Chloe Perkins is the editor and author of a few dozen books for children. She lives in New York City, with her husband, Rico, and their corgi puppy/sometimes shark, Marius. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, Chloe always dreamed of writing stories that could take kids on their own reading adventures, and she's thrilled to be doing just that!

Tom Woolley is an illustrator who works on children's books and colorful maps. He lives in the historic City of Bradford in West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. When not busy illustrating, Tom likes to ride his bike and loves to travel and explore new places.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little Simon
Publication date
September 20, 2016
Once Upon a World
BISAC categories
JUV030020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Asia
JUV012040 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
Library of Congress categories

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