The Snow Child

The Snow Child

Large Print - 2012
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Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart from the weight of the work and the loneliness. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, it is gone - but they find a young, blonde-haired girl who calls herself Faina, and seems to be a child of the woods ...
Publisher: [Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, 2012
Edition: A large print edition
ISBN: 9781410447357
1410447359
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION IVEY 2012
Characteristics: 541 pages ; 23 cm

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Jack and Mabel, a childless couple, are trying to make a life homesteading in Alaska, when they encounter a strange and wild child who seems to have stepped out of the pages of a fairy tale.

A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920s Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.

A childless couple working a homestead in 1920s Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own. I loved the magical realism of this, as well as practical details about homesteading, and Ivey uses beautiful language to d... Read More »

A childless couple working a homestead in 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own. I loved the information about the Alaskan farm and wilderness as much as the magical element... Read More »

A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.


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JSM5
Jan 05, 2019

Fantastic book! Very well written and the story sucks you in. Almost as if you were there. Beautiful book, I will be adding to my home collection in the near future!

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Russerena
Oct 17, 2018

Wonderfully written! A bit dark at times. The content is tough to swallow, but worded in a way that doesn't make it so hard. The author tends to use descriptions rather then the actual horrifying event. At times I found myself intrigued and heart broken for even the roughest of characters in this book.

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Gcatwo
Oct 16, 2018

Interesting book. Even when you are finished you find yourself wondering how much of it is fantasy and how much is reality.

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WoodneathReads
Sep 21, 2018

I loved this book so much. It’s a retelling of a Russian fairy tale and throughout the entire story I felt as if I were walking in a dream. The writing is so beautiful that when a character was cold, I felt a chill. Mabel and Jack are an older couple who move to the Alaskan wilderness. They have no children but meet a family that lives close enough to visit, and they become friends. The character development is my favorite part of this book. As Mabel becomes friends with the new neighbors, she blossoms and begins to open up and seems much happier. Her newfound happiness could also have something to do with a child that shows up out of nowhere. This is the magical part of the book. Did the girl come to life because of a snow child that Jack and Mabel built? Is she lost in the woods? The child seems to be able to take care of herself, but Jack and Mabel become attached and begin to treat her as if she were their own. I highly recommend this book. --Sheri (See more of my picks by following WoodneathSheri)

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WoodneathSheri
Jul 26, 2018

I loved this book so much. It’s a retelling of a Russian fairy tale and throughout the entire story I felt as if I were walking in a dream. The writing is so beautiful that when a character was cold, I felt a chill. Mabel and Jack are an older couple who move to the Alaskan wilderness. They have no children but meet a family that lives close enough to visit, and they become friends. The character development is my favorite part of this book. As Mabel becomes friends with the new neighbors, she blossoms and begins to open up and seems much happier. Her newfound happiness could also have something to do with a child that shows up out of nowhere. This is the magical part of the book. Did the girl come to life because of a snow child that Jack and Mabel built? Is she lost in the woods? The child seems to be able to take care of herself, but Jack and Mabel become attached and begin to treat her as if she were their own. I highly recommend this book.

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lakshmilambert
Feb 10, 2018

perfectly readable, characters evolve, understanding of living with wildlife in Alaska, as well told as Egg and Spoon. I did not want it to end. Love her writing style, choice of words, tale and characters

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DavetheBerg
Jan 26, 2018

She writes beautifully but too much "fairytale" formy tastes

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lizalaw
Jan 20, 2018

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krgroseth
Sep 21, 2017

I still think about this book a year after reading it. I absolutely loved it!

Librarian_Deb Aug 28, 2017

A folktale is re-imagined as taking place in Alaska during the 1920's. A childless couple is struggling to survive as homesteaders there. Mabel, the wife, is so despondent at the beginning of the book that she ponders going down to the river and allowing herself to fall in. Jack, her husband, focuses on the enormous amount of work it is taking him to clear the land, plant crops, and eke out a living. Hope seems lost to them until some neighbors reach out to help them. One night, feeling unusually light-hearted, they construct a snow person which they decide to make into the image of a little girl. The next day the scarf they had put on the snow figure is gone, and Jack catches a glimpse of an impish child running through the woods. They both begin to see the girl, often accompanied by a red fox, who seems perfectly at home in the Alaskan wilderness. This girl becomes their new obsession, and she will forever change their lives.
I enjoyed this story a lot, the Alaskan setting was new to me and I enjoyed learning more about life there. The story has a mystical quality to it and at the end I wasn't quite sure how to explain it all. Our book discussion group enjoyed hashing over this element and we didn't all agree but we enjoyed the story and were captivated by the characters in it. Definitely a good read - especially on a cold winter's day.

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