Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs                          Farrar, Straus and Giroux ©1972
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm             32 pages


Summary: The Queen, Snow White's stepmother repeatedly asks the mirror, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of us all?" Once Snow White turns seven, the Queen no longer likes that the mirror tells her Snow White is the prettiest. Snow White's stepmother is outraged and commands her men to hunt and kill her.

Character Description:

Snow White is a beautiful princess who is considered the most beautiful of all the land by a magic mirror. Because she learns that the Queen is trying to kill her, she runs away into the woods to live with animals and seven dwarfs.

The Queen, Snow White's stepmother, is a bitter woman who does not like how the magic mirror believes Snow White is the prettiest lady in all the land. She plots to have her men kill the her stepdaughter.

Personal Reflection: This short fairytale will capture the attention of girls who are reluctant readers because of the small number of pages and the connection to the Disney movie. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be easily adapted for a reader's theater script.

Subject/Theme:
     European

Topics:
     Character and Values
     European
     Friends and Friendship

Related Works:
     Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
     Rumplestiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you believe it s fair of the Queen to kill Snow White because she is claimed to be the prettiest woman in all the land? Why or why not?

2. What type of relationship does she form with the seven dwarfs in the woods? Would you form a friendship with them?