Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow



"Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass has always felt estranged from her family, who struggle to make a living in the windswept north. So when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out and promises that her family will be provided for if she accompanies him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the great white bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle. Slowly the Lass unravels the mystery of the bear’s enchantment and the spell connecting him with the strange symbols carved in the castle’s icy walls. But on a journey to a place where the four winds fear to travel, the true horror of the bear’s spell is revealed, and the Lass’s courage—and love—will be tested."

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George is a re-telling of the Nordic fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." The Lass is an interesting character with an interesting family and I especially like the relationship between her and her oldest brother Hans Peter. Even though she makes mistakes, she always works at solving the problems her mistakes create. The writing was beautiful and had a nice flow to it. I love stories based on old fairy tales, legends and myths and this book is no exception. I enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing it with my daughters. You can learn more about the author here and purchase the book here.

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