The Fairest of Them All

Cynthia Rylant retells The Brothers Grimm story of Snow White in her 2009 40-page Juvenile Fiction Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Her book starts out with this line, “It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends” and then she relates the story of the evil queen who cared about only one thing—that she was fairest of all.  This queen learns that Snow White has beauty that is greater than hers, so she sets out to destroy the girl.  It is then that Snow White finds herself lost, but lucky for her, she finds these seven little men who change her life forever.  They grow to love her as she does them.  When the Queen returns and all seems lost, love saves the day once more.  This book was used to set the tone for Walt Disney’s animated film which was released on October 6, 2009 as a Blu-ray Disc, marking the first time the film was ever shown in high definition.

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting!, Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

9 thoughts on “The Fairest of Them All

  1. Jim, I love that story. I haven’t read it yet, but I think the original is not so nice. I have a book called Grimm’s grimmest or something like that. Thank you for participating again this week!

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      1. I read once that even Disney stories, which are based a lot on Grimms, were never intended for children. If you research it, the whole premise is dark. There is always some sort of rejection by a parent, one parent is dead, something sinister….

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  2. I appreciate dark versions of this in recent years. How, exactly, is a kid supposed to see this queen in life when such a queen is busy being deceptive?

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