cover image Snow White and Rose Red

Snow White and Rose Red

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm. Henry Holt & Company, $14.95 (25pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-0738-1

Rose Red and Snow White live in a humble forest cottage with their mother, a pet lamb and a dove. One night they welcome a stranger into their home, a bear as ""tall and wide as the doorway,'' who returns each night to warm himself by the fire. When spring arrives, the bear leaves to ``guard his treasures from the wicked dwarfs.'' Shortly thereafter, while out gathering wood, Snow White and Rose Red encounter a dwarf carrying a sack of gold. The next time they spy him, he has a sack of pearls, and later they find him surrounded with jewels, greedily counting his wealth. In true fairy-tale fashion the bear captures the dwarf, redeems his treasure and turns into a youthful prince freed of an evil spell. The extra-large storybook format makes each detail stand out in this newly interpreted classic. All ages. (March)