Sunday, January 8, 2012

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

2011
312 pages


I consumed this book.
I finished it last night and even though the story ends wonderfully I just wanted it to go on.  Hazel is an astonishing girl heroine!

Things to know and love:

It took place in Minnesota.
It made me miss snow.
It is a retelling of the fairy tale The Snow Queen.
The two main characters, Jack and Hazel, are lovable.
The two symbolize the difficult journey of growing up.
The parents are odd and generally not helpful (typical).
Anne Ursu makes some wonderful references to other great literature.

I read this beautiful retelling of The Snow Queen by Amy Ehrlich and Susan Jeffers to Groovy Girl tonight just to compare with what took place in the book and it is pretty accurate.  Ursu has lengthened it by adding many adventures to the forest but it only makes the story more enticing.  I am extremely pleased I purchased a copy of this book as I love the front cover and it is worth rereading.  I will also want Groovy Girl to read it in her own time.  I rated it five stars on Good Reads.  Thank you, Anne, for this beautiful tale.

5 comments:

  1. So happy to hear that you loved it! The cover is lovely, and it seems like a perfect read aloud for a little (groovy) girl. Breadcrumbs is absolutely a book I'd like to experience myself.

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  2. Great review! It made me miss snow too, and I am in Montana where we should have a ton of snow!

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  3. Oh, I've heard such great things about Breadcrumbs! The cover alone makes it look so magical. Must see if my library has it available!

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  4. I just ordered this book for my library, and I can't wait to be the first one to read it when it comes in!

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