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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

2004

Translated by Wanda Gág
Illustrations by Wanda Gág

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Wanda Gág interjects her own humor and adorable illustrations into this classic tale of the Brothers Grimm.

Wanda Gág interjects her own humor and adorable illustrations into this classic tale of the Brothers Grimm.

The small size of this Caldecott Honor Book encourages intimate sharing. The pen-and-ink drawings are treasures, loaded with details. Inventive compositions and an asymmetrical picture shape are key features in Gág’s works.

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“‘Oh, please, dear hunter, have mercy! If you will let me go, I’ll gladly wander away, far away into the wildwood and I’ll never come back again.’ The huntsman was glad enough to help the sweet innocent girl, so he said, ‘Well, run away then, poor child, and may the beasts of the wood have mercy on you.’ As a token he brought back the heart of a wild boar, and the wicked Queen thought it was Snow White’s. She had it cooked and ate it, I am sorry to say, with salt and great relish.”

Wanda Gág interjects her own humor and adorable illustrations into this classic tale of the Brothers Grimm.


Awards

Caldecott Honor Book, 1939

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Best known for her Newbery Honor winner Millions of Cats, Wanda Gág (1893–1946) was a pioneer in children’s book writing, integrating text and illustration. Born in New Ulm, Minnesota, she rose to international acclaim. In recognition of her artistry, she was posthumously awarded the 1958 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Millions of Cats and the 1977 Kerlan Award for her body of work.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The small size of this Caldecott Honor Book encourages intimate sharing. The pen-and-ink drawings are treasures, loaded with details. Inventive compositions and an asymmetrical picture shape are key features in Gág’s works.

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Gag was among the first to create what we now call an artist-concept book—written, designed and illustrated by one person. Her stories always have a funny twist that appeals to children. Her simplicity appeals in this complex world.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Her body of children’s books is not large, but each title is a treasure, done in her instantly recognizable style.

Horn Book Magazine