The Snow Child (Large Print / Hardcover, Large Print)

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A retelling of a Russian folktale, this is the story of Jack and Mable
struggling to understand if the little girl in the woods, Faina, is real
or part of their imagination …or is she something else entirely?
1920s Alaska creates the stunning backdrop for this tale of a wild girl
who appears the day after the couple builds a snowman in their backyard.
In the morning a trail of footsteps lead away from where the snowman
was, and the couple start seeing a little girl and a red fox in their
Charming, imaginative, and heartfelt. Quite possibly in my top 10 of
all time.

— Jessilynn

February 2012 Indie Next List

“This love story, set in Alaska, is really a love story about Alaska. Ivey describes the achingly beautiful landscape without making it seem an easy place to live. Based on an old fairy tale, this is the story of a childless couple who make a snow child one evening only to find a real little girl the next day. As the girl grows through the years, we know that this enchanting story will have the twists that we have come to expect with tales that teach us lessons about life. Friendships, marriage, parenthood, and survival -- all set in an unforgiving but entrancing landscape. I loved it!”
— Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX


Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead--and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410447357
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2012
Pages: 541
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