The Snow Girl


Tasha has no need of the neighbouring faming children, Klara and Mika, with Alyana. The Snow Girl, in whom she confides, into whom she breathes life, becomes the only friend whom she trusts. What’s more, isn’t what Alyana offers Tasha spectacular? Their nighttime wintry excursions, exploring and play involves animals, beautiful locations and something private and special. There seems to be no risk, such as Tasha experienced at Claw Edge, when she was let down. Alyana is all she needs.

However in truth, this friendship comes at a price. After all, the long, harsh winter is difficult for Grandpa who’s evidently failing. Then again, there are no signs of spring. The relentless cold means the farming families’ supplies are running low. People are anxious, isolated and scared. However, the advent of spring means the loss of Alyana. Isn’t this what every one of the stories about the Snow Girl say? Tasha cannot bear to think of Alyana’s disappearance and is determined to find a way to retain her. Yet at what cost?

Sophie Anderson builds upon the traditional Russian story of The Snow Maiden with an entrancing story, ideal to share over a wintry evening. Bookwagon welcomes The Snow Girl aboard!

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The Snow Girl

Sophie Anderson, with illustrations from Melissa Castrillon


Ever since the incident at Claw’s Edge, Tasha has been wary. It’s not just the feeling of being let down, but then it’s the knowing, deep inside, that she must always keep safe. Therefore, living with Grandpa, helping on farm chores with Mama and Papa without attending school suits her well. However, her family are worried. They hope she might reach out to the neighbourhood children who seem keen to befriend her. Yet it seems that Tasha’s deeply committed to Grandpa’s traditional stories from long ago. What’s more, when the winter draws in, despite Grandpa’s weak chest, the pair construct The Snow Girl. It seems this figure might have life breathed into her by Tasha to become the only friend, she needs and in whom she confides.
However the winter blows in cold, harsh and relentless. It means that Grandpa’s health suffers and the farming community’s supplies are threatened. Why is there no sign of spring? Might a midwinter event, such as Grandpa and Grandma had in years past, help? Then again, why might Tasha be so anxious about signs of spring? Could it be to do with the stories that spring’s arrival means Alyana, her friend, must leave? After all, the pair are close, exploring and playing every night! How can Tasha let go of this?
Sophie Anderson  entranced us with her debut The House With Chicken Legs. Once more, she builds upon traditional stories to create a bewitching, warm hearted and beautiful story of winter, family, folklore and friendship. What’s more, Melissa Castrillon’s illustrations are glorious, wintry magical, meaning the whole presentation of The Snow Girl is a gift.


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