Snow in Summer: The Tale of an American Snow White

Snow in Summer The Tale of an American Snow White With her black hair red lips and lily white skin Summer is as beautiful as her father s garden And her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale her parents sing and dance with

  • Title: Snow in Summer: The Tale of an American Snow White
  • Author: Jane Yolen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • With her black hair, red lips, and lily white skin, Summer is as beautiful as her father s garden And her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale her parents sing and dance with her, Cousin Nancy dotes on her, and she is about to get a new baby brother But when the baby dies soon after he s born, taking Summer s mama with him, Summer s fairy taleWith her black hair, red lips, and lily white skin, Summer is as beautiful as her father s garden And her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale her parents sing and dance with her, Cousin Nancy dotes on her, and she is about to get a new baby brother But when the baby dies soon after he s born, taking Summer s mama with him, Summer s fairy tale life turns grim Things get even worse when her father marries a woman who brings poisons and magical mirrors into Summer s world Stepmama puts up a pretty face, but Summer suspects she s up to no good and is afraid she s powerless to stop her.This Snow White tale filled with magic and intrigue during the early twentieth century in Appalachia will be hard to forget.

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    1. Full review, first posted on FantasyLiterature:Snow in Summer is Jane Yolen’s 2011 middle grade/young adult retelling of Snow White, set in the Appalachian hills of West Virginia in the 1940s. The main character is Snow in Summer, a girl named by her mother after the white Cerastium flowers that carpet their front yard. Her mother dies in childbirth when Summer is seven years old, and her father completely withdraws in his grief, neglecting Summer, who gets along with the help of her mother’ [...]

    2. Jane Yolen conjures a Grimm fairytale in the depths of the Appalachian wilds in Snow in Summer.In a voice appropriate for the place and time (late 1930s) Snow-in-Summer Morton tells us how, when she was seven, her mama died, and her father retreated so deep into his grief he may has well have died, too. Summer has been mostly raised by her kind Cousin Nancy……until the day Papa brought a strange woman back from the old graveyard and married her. Summer’s stepmama, an unfriendly creature inc [...]

    3. A wonderful, strange, and deliciously creepy version of Snow White. Set in the mountains of West Virginia during the mid-Twentieth Century, Yolen doesn't have to get bogged down with creating a whole new fantasy world, instead she assumes you understand the setting, and uses spare language to tell you the story in her own way. I couldn't put this down!

    4. Okay, not to be rude, but if Jane Yolen is the "Hans Christian Andersen of America," then I'm Emily freaking Bronte. What is WITH the lousy Snow White books lately? Have people suddenly decided to put forth NO effort in adapting this tale? Sadly, this one really should have been good, because its premise was actually sort of brilliant. A 1930s Snow White living in the mountains with a stepmother who attends a snake handling church and has a fixation with poisons? SIGN ME UP! It's kind of like Th [...]

    5. rantingdragon/snow-in-Jane Yolen’s latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a wonderful addition to her series of reinvented fairy tales. Like her earlier Briar Rose, this is a dark retelling of a Grimm fairy tale—in this case, Snow White instead of Sleeping Beauty. It follows a girl named Snow in Summer, who tells the tale of her childhood in retrospect as she grows up in the mountains of West Virginia. It was published in November of 2011 by Philomel.To clear a few things upOver and over again I [...]

    6. Originally posted on my blog: libraryladyhylary ! Check it out for more reviews!Snow-in-Summer Morton’s life changed forever at age seven when her mother died in childbirth, leaving her alone and her father, Lemuel, with a broken heart. Cousin Nancy, the widow of Summer’s father’s favorite cousin who was recently killed in World War II, helps to care for Summer after her father slips into a deep, dark grief unable to cope with the death of his beloved wife. One day, four years later, now e [...]

    7. Snow in Summer sounds as if it has an interesting premise. As a retelling of “Snow White” in West Virginia, it leads readers to expect a unique, more contemporary twist on the fairytale, perhaps like Suzanne Weyn’s retellings of “The Frog Prince” (Water Song) and “Rumpelstiltskin” (The Crimson Thread). Unfortunately, Snow in Summer is rather dull and barely draws on its setting at all.If not for the summary, it might be difficult to tell that the book is in fact set in West Virgini [...]

    8. A very different re-telling of Snow White. One of the weird things about it is Summer (the Snow White character) loves to read fairy tales - one of which is Snow White. so it's a little odd that the main character, who has read the story of snow white doesn't recognize that same story unfolding again with her.It was an okay book but it was mostly just something for me to read - I was kind of bored with it. Luckily it was an easy light read. Questions not answered: What "power" does the caul have [...]

    9. A light weight Snow White retelling that is set in the 1940's WV Appalachian mountains. Snow in Summer's mother dies in childbirth when Summer is a child, and her father mourns heavily. A few years later he is enchanted by a mysterious woman who knows magic and secretly wants to kill him so she can sell his property to the railroad barons. At first she wants to take Summer as her apprentice, but when she isn't so easily molded, she decides to have her killed too. While the story had a good start [...]

    10. I know Jane Yolen is a masterful storyteller, and I suppose the book is well enough written, but I just didn't enjoy it at all. (And I generally like fairy tale retellings; I love the "Once Upon a Time" series and Robin McKinley's "Beauty" is one of my favourite books ever.) This story, however, is a strange mashup of Snow White and the gritty, daily life of post WWII rural Virginia that doesn't really work. Worst of all, it is just plain grim. There is little in the way of redemptive qualities, [...]

    11. Jane Yolen is a wonderful American children’s author known for her interest in fairy tales and folklore. I have read and enjoyed many of her books, in particular The Devil’s Arithmetic and Briar Rose. Snow in Summer is a reworking of the Snow White fairy tale, set in the hillbilly mountains of West Virginia during the Great Depression. The story is both familiar and unfamiliar, as the best fairy tale retellings are. It is not her finest work, but a must-read for anyone interested in the imag [...]

    12. Snow in Summer by Jane Yollen is one of my favorite book. This book is a about a beautiful girl "Snow" who lives with her father she was about to get a new baby brother but the baby die soon after he's born, taking snows mother with him. Soon after Snows mother died, his dad decided to marry another woman. Unfortunately the woman was a witch she was using magic powers and magic mirrors in order to kill snows dad.

    13. Overall, a very disappointing retelling of Snow White. I was thinking about not finishing this book at 100 pages in, however, I kept reading thinking it might get better. It didn’t get any better. What I didn’t like:Summer in the Snow likes fairy tales has read the book Snow White but can’t think of any relation between her life and the story. Summer in the Snow is an idiot. Acts like she has no idea what real love is, however, Cousin Nancy who has been like a mother to her, gave her love [...]

    14. Woohoo! A young adult fairy tale retelling that wasn't dripping with irritating tropes and insta-love! So, I quite liked this one. It's a retelling of Snow White, set in post-Depression/WWII West Virginia, definitely an interesting setting for this tale. Although there were some magical elements (I'd categorize this book as medical realism), this gritty retelling was focused more on the relationship between Summer and her stepmama. The part with the seven dwarves almost felt tacked on to the end [...]

    15. I’ve always wanted to read a Jane Yolen novel (I KNOW) so when I came across Snow in Summer, a retelling of Snow White, I thought it would be a perfect place to start.The story is set in a small town in West Virginia in the 40s and it follows the story of Snow in Summer, a child who is 7 years old when her mother dies. After her death, Summer’s father, Lemuel, is grief-stricken: he barely acknowledges Summer’s existence and spends most of his nights at his wife’s graveside, fading away l [...]

    16. As Mark Twain was to the birth of American folklore, so Jane Yolen is to the next generation of Americana. Yolen is able to take classic Old World folk tales, clothe them in distinctly American cultures, mores, and histories, and present a story which gives a nod to its European roots while remaining uniquely American.Snow in Summer is no different. At its heart, you will find the traditional Snow White fairy tale: evil stepmother/wicked witch, potions and poisons, magic mirror, the hunter, even [...]

    17. Okay firste cover is amazing. It's what made me decide to read the book in the first place (that and knowledge of Jane Yolen's writing) and know, looking at it after finishing the bookere are so many little pieces from the story tied in. Snow in Summer is a beautiful little girl, but, as often happens to such little girls, tragdey has struck. Her mama, in the process of giving birth to her new baby brother, has died, along with the baby. Summer is sad, obviously, but her sorrow is nothing compar [...]

    18. “I excused myself because I was only twelve. Because I worried about Papa. Because I wanted a real mama. Because I was, somehow, all alone. But those were only excuses. I acquiesced, plain and simple.No-- I promised myself. If I am truly becoming a woman by this pain, I should act like one.” -- Snow In Summer, Jane YolenSnow in Summer has lost her mother. She has lost her father first to grief and now to a witch. Now “stepmother” bides her time so that when Snow In Summer loses her child [...]

    19. I picked this up from the children's section of the library the other day because I love fairy tale retellings, and the cover is nice. However, it was one of those where the whole way through I kept waiting for it to get better and felt like I'd wasted my time when I was done. It was just too dark for me. The stepmother was creepy--really EVIL and we had to hear too much about it (I think it'd be disturbing for kids). The "___ Remembers" chapters were fine for characters who were still alive at [...]

    20. A new approach to the Snow White tale sets in mid-20th century West Virginia. On the one hand it is heavily grounded in the reality of the time, showcasing boys who didn’t come back from “some beach in France”, lingering effects of the Great Depression, substance living, dirt roads, sketchy social services, plant lore, folk singing, snake handling, and grief and love. On the other hand, there is some serous Magic with a capital M involving potions, plants, a caul, a magic mirror, and drain [...]

    21. If you like great retellings of fairy tales, don't miss this one. (The spell-checker hates the word, "retellings." Too bad.)Jane Yolen is a crazy-talented writer. This book is the traditional tale of Snow White with a big twist takes place in rural Appalachia in the 1940's. If you read my reviews at ALL, you know that I hate writing summaries as much as my challenged students do if it's a synopsis you want, click on the book!Yolen's characterizations woven into the unique setting are absolutely [...]

    22. I wish I could give this book one more star. I love Jane Yolen's novel The Devil's Arithmetic, so when I saw this one I had to read it. An author I enjoy, plus a fairy tale retelling. Win-win, right? However, there were aspects that I disliked. First was the foreshadowing at the end of every single chapter. I got it the first time. You can't trust the stepmother, bad things are going to happen, etc. I felt like it was dragged out beyond belief as well. Two-thirds of the novel is set-up. I though [...]

    23. So, it's not that I didn't like the story because the idea was quite interesting and the writing wasn't terrible. It was that it had a bit too many instances that didn't sit well with me. For instance there are things that are clearly from "Snow White" and Summer knows this, yet it doesn't make her take pause as she looks at her "evil" stepmother or the fact there is a talking mirror. A TALKING MIRROR, that doesn't bother you? You grew up in West Virginia, I'm pretty sure that would be strange t [...]

    24. I really wanted to like this book. It had an interesting perspective and a lot of potential but it just didn't work for me. The beginning was repetitive and dull and could have been summarized in one chapter. By page 45 I almost gave up. I liked the stepmama character but the "magic" could have been fleshed out and explained in more detail. There were a few plot holes that didn't make sense to me and explanations that never panned out. The changes of narrative perspective were somewhat confusing [...]

    25. Short & Sweet: It's been a while since I saw a fairy tale retelling in America that is not modern. This one takes place in the early 1900s and Yolen does an amazing job of pulling you into the setting and story. Instead of Summer's father dying, he is under a spell after he marries Stepmama. The view point alternates, showing not only Summer and Stepmama's views, but also Cousin Nancy's at times. The reader gets to delve into the reasons why Stepmama does what she does and it really is quite [...]

    26. Other than the few elements of fantasy, it is also a good historical fiction about life in rural West Virginia. The story develops slowly, but that is because the author made it ten times longer than the version of the fairy tale that most of us have read. This allows for more development of the characters, as well as the side plots, ranging from the social life in the community to the controversial church in the hills, based on a real religious movement in the South.I still think that naming a [...]

    27. Snow in Summer is Snow White set in the West Virginia mountains the years during and after World War II. Her father isn’t a king, but a farmer with rich bottom land, who can grow anything until his wife dies, and who over-grieves his wife’s death and falls under the sway of a magic user. Summer, though very young when her mother dies, takes care of her father, even does the farming for him, and then her Stepmother. Summer doesn’t leave her Stepmother, but when she takes her to a snake-hand [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this book---young adult, but would be enjoyed by anyone who likes fairy tales retold. It's Snow White set in a small town in West Virginia. There are all the familiar elements--girl whose mother dies, sad and lonely father, evil stepmother, poisons, potions and a magic mirror, a hunter, seven little men in a forest cottage,etc. But it's all combined in a new, fresh way that makes it magic all over again. Jane Yolen does it again!

    29. Probably the least impressed I've ever been by a Jane Yolen story, honestly. There was certainly potential in the conceit, and the ending was surprisingly enjoyable (although it felt a bit rushed in comparison to how drawn-out the rest was), but the pacing was slow to the point of tedium and the narration was repetitive (and not in a good way). Overall the book felt more like a slog than anything else. I was sadly disappointed. If you're a hardcore Christian who likes fairy-tale retellings and d [...]

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