When I was about four, I decided my name was no longer cool enough and I refused to answer to anything other than Snow White.She’s been my favorite princess ever since, but I never really saw any true similarities between her and myself . . . until I read Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs.
I’m a big fan of books that rework famous or well known stories. In homeschooling, books like these can be a great tool for talking about plot or perspective. Comparing the new version with an older telling demonstrates in a clear and fun way that the slightest changes can makes dramatic differences to the story overall. Comparing and contrasting two versions of one story can be an instant lesson, not to mention a fun game.
Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali is a quirky and fun reimagining of the classic fairy tale story, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.
Instead of 7 hardworking dwarfs, this Snow White lands herself with 77 practically helpless dwarfs who need her to do everything for them from laundry to beard combing. Snow White’s daily task list becomes a mountain of demands that leave her in a state of panic and dread. Worn out and unappreciated, her downward spiral becomes especially familiar to mothers.
My children caught on right away saying “Mom, she sounds like you.”
What Snow White does next will have mothers and children laughing in their seats.
I mean, this illustration says it all doesn’t it?
What mom alive hasn’t been there?
The vibrant, colorful illustrations of the dwarf’s environment play in sharp contrast to the simple black, white, and red of Snow White.
Don’t miss this funny retelling. You’ll adore the ending.
I give this story 5 stars.
This book releases on April 14th, 2015 but you can pre-order your copy of Snow White and The 77 Dwarfs on Amazon or Barnes&Noble.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs from Random House of Canada Limited via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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