Snow White Illustrated by Ed Bryan Published by Nosy Crow Once upon a time on a snowy winter’s day, a queen was sewing in a room at the top of her castle when she pricked her finger. “How I wish I had a daughter with lips as red as this blood, with skin as white as this snow and hair as black as these ebony window frames,” she said. The queen’s wish came true, and soon her beautiful baby girl was born. But the queen died soon after, and her husband, the king, was left to bring up the princess on his own. He decided to call her Snow White. The king wasn’t alone for long through. He married again. His second wife was very beautiful, but she was really a cruel witch. She had a magic mirror, and she always asked it the same question, “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” And the mirror would reply, “There is no doubt, my gracious queen, you are the fairest ever seen.” The queen hated Snow White. She was jealous of how much the king loved her, and she made her work hard, cleaning the castle and washing clothes. Snow White wished she could tell her father how mean her stepmother was to her, but she knew he would not listen. Time passed, and Snow White grew up. One day, when the queen asked her mirror who was the most beautiful woman in the land, the mirror had a very different reply, “I’m magic, so I must speak true: Snow White is fairer, now, than you.” “That silly girl?” the wicked queen shrieked. “You can’t be serious!” Later that day, the evil queen ordered the castle huntsman to kill Snow White… …but the huntsman felt sorry for Snow White, so he took her into the forest and told her to run away. All night long, Snow White wandered through the deep, dark forest. When the sun rose, she came across a strangle little house in a clearing. She pushed open the door, go inside. The house was lovely, but very messy. So she decided to tidy and clean. What she didn’t know that the little house belonged to seven dwarves. They spend their days deep underground, looking for jewels. That evening, the seven dwarves came home to find their house sparkling clean, with Snow White fast asleep at the table. When she woke up, the dwarves listened to her story. They were happy for her to come and living their house with them. And they lived very happily until… …one day, the queen asked her mirror, “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” The mirror replied, “Over she hidden, far from side, the fairest woman is Snow White.” The wicked queen gave a cry. “I’m being tricked!” she screamed. “I’ll find Snow White and kill her myself.” Using her magic, the queen disguised herself as an old woman. Then, she took her special poisons and dipping the apple into it. That afternoon, Snow White opened the door to find an old woman standing there. “Hello! I’m a poor peddler woman. Would you like one of my delicious apples?” she said. “Thank you. I do like apples,” said Snow White. But no sooner had Snow White taken a bite than she fell to the floor, in a deep sleep. When the dwarves got home, they found her lying as still as a statue. Day passed, and Snow White didn’t wake up. The dwarves placed her in a special glass box in the forest, and keep watch over her day and night. One day, a prince walked by. He thought Snow White’s face was so kind and gentle that he begged the dwarves to help him move her to his palace. The dwarves picked up Snow White in her glass box, but it was too heavy that it fell to the ground and… CRASH! The box shattered! The piece of poisoned apple popped out of Snow White’s mouth and she woke up. “Goodness! What happened?” said Snow White. “You’ve been asleep for ages,” said the dwarves. “But we’re so happy you are awake!” “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Snow White,” said the prince. When Snow White’s father found out what the wicked queen had done, he imprisoned her in the tower, and Snow White and the dwarves stayed at the prince’s palace. As the days went by, the prince and Snow White fell in love and were married. The guests danced all night long. And they all lived happily ever after.