November 29, 2007

The Other 1937 Snow White

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Ouch. You've gotta feel for the budding children's book artist who introduces her meticulously translated, true-to-Grimm, three-color labor of love retelling of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs in 1937, the year Walt Disney revolutionized cinema with his own version.

As you can imagine, Wanda Gag's Snow White did not become a perennial classic; it went out of print, and only came back recently, as part of the University of Minnesota Press's Heritage Books series.

We're always on the lookout for interesting non-Disney variations on these classic stories, just to enrich the kid's mix. Gag went on to a prolific illustrating career, so this early work of hers sounds worth a try.

Buy Wanda Gag's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, $11 [amazon]
via Slate's slide show history of children's books, which strains a bit too hard to make old-new connections [slate]

2 Comments

This is the version of Snow White that I carry around in my head...the illustrations are really wonderful.

i'm sure when the author saw disney's version, it made her wanda gag. (i slay myself. but the illustrations really are gorgeous.)


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