Throwback Thursday July 5th: Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede

05 Jul

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books! It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. Through Throwback Thursdays THCW and NTFB hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

This week’s Throwback Thursday book is Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede.

Summary from AmazonSnow White and Rose Red live on the edge of the forest that conceals the elusive border of Faerie. They know enough about Faerie lands and mortal magic to be concerned when they find two human sorcerers setting spells near the border. And when the kindly, intelligent black bear wanders into their cottage some months later, they realize the connection between his plight and the sorcery they saw in the forest. 

Why You Should Read This Book:  Have I mentioned before how much I love fairy tale retellings? Oh, I have? Well then it should come as no surprise that I adored Patricia Wrede’s retelling of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale by the same name!

Wrede weaves the original tale into her retelling, sharing an excerpt at the beginning of each chapter. But, her story is far richer and more involved than the original tale was. The juxtaposition of Elizabethan England and the world of the fairy was fascinating and had me turning page after page.

However, fair warning, this book is set in Elizabethan England and so the language is a bit old-fashioned at times. It did take me a bit of time to get into the flow of the language but after that it was easy enough!

If you’re a fan of fairy tales and their (many) retellings, this book is worth a look!


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3 responses to “Throwback Thursday July 5th: Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede

  1. Colletta Miller

    5 July, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I’ve read quite a few fairy tale retellings. I thought this name sounded familiar 🙂

    Here’s my post:


  2. kellywiggains

    5 July, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I love fairy tale retellings! Can I mention that I love when people complain about certain Disney fairy tale movies being too dark or scary for children? The Grimms were ruthless!

  3. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    5 July, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Here’s my terrible confession: I haven’t read the original Grimm version of this story. I’m pretty sure I have it — I have a big collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales that I’ve had for decades, and plan on reading with my kids. But somehow I haven’t actually read that one.

    So, step 1: Read original fairy tale. Preferably with kids, because they think fairy tales are awesome (as well they should).

    Step 2: read this book.


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