Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

A simple woodcutter’s daughter, known as “the lass,” possess the gift to speak with animals after a mysterious meeting with a white reindeer.  She later meets a great white bear, known as an isbjorn, and agrees to go with him to a mysterious castle for a year in order to bring wealth to her family.  Accompanied by her faithful wolf, Rollo, the lass tries to determine the mystery behind the castle, the servants, and most of all, the mysterious person who sleeps beside her each night.  One day her curiosity goes too far and she has to find the courage to rescue her one true love.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is based off of the Nordic fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon.  I am a great lover of fairy tales, but I somehow missed this one.  I thought the story has many elements of other fairy tales such as "Beauty and the Beast" and most of all the myth of “Cupid and Psyche.”  It’s funny how such tales were in so many cultures with slightly different twists.

The boys originally received this book from the library to read for their Youth Book Club.  Kile is 9 and in third grade and Daniel is 6 in first grade.  Kile read about half of the book to Daniel, but it is a young adult book and ahead of where he is in his reading level.  He did a good job of it and was interested by the story, but it was slow reading.  I read the rest myself as I wanted to know what happened. For me it was a fast and enjoyable read.  I especially recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales.

Book Source:  The Kewaunee Public Library

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