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The Snow Queen
Publisher: Andersen Press
The Snow Queen is one of Anderson's most haunting stories, combining as it does familiar fairy-tale patterns with his own more naturalistic mysticism.
A wicked troll constructs a mirror which shrinks everything good and magnifies the bad; it shatters and a fragment pierces Kay's heart, making him cruel and harsh.
Kay is then enchanted by the icily beautiful Snow Queen and swept away. His childhood friend, Gerda, vows to find him, undertaking an arduous journey over strange lands and meeting much enchantment, to discover that only her love and tears can thaw his frozen heart.
Lynch's vivid yet ethereal illustrations capture the balance between the wondrous and the recognisable in this powerful story about the redemptive nature of love and the passing of time.