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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Snow Day Stories ~ guest post & giveaway from Megan Engelhardt

The following piece comes from Megan Engelhardt, one-half of the sister-duo behind the recently released Woves and Witches collection of fairy tale retellings.
Check out Megan's chat on the best "wintery" tales for this seemingly-never-ending winter we've been having, and then enter to win a copy of Wolves and Witches below!

Snow Day Stories
by Megan Engelhardt

What is with this snow?

The east coast has been getting slammed with winter storms lately, even though we're technically into spring now. I'm a little too far west to be considered the coast, but we've had our fair share of snowy days and cold nights. Everyone's getting sick of it: even my friends who love snow have been complaining about the March blizzards.

At some point it's masochistic to keep dreaming of spring, so we might as well embrace the cold and dig in to a few wintery fairy tales--preferably read under a thick blanket, with a cup of hot chocolate or tea close at hand.

You can't get much more wintery than the Anderson tale "The Snow Queen", in which the little girl Gerda travels to the North Pole to save her friend Kai from the titular ice lady. Gerda is clever, determined, and brave, no matter how desperate the situation or how cold the days.

Another chilly tale that features an excellent female heroine is the Norwegian folk tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." It has many familiar elements--a golden apple, drops of hot wax falling on a sleeping groom, a bear that is actually a prince--but they combine to make an engaging tale, which Jessica Day George retells neatly in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.

If you're looking for wintery books with that fairy tale feel, I'd highly recommend Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants and Terry Pratchett's The Wintersmith. Gaiman is excellent in nearly everything he writes and he doesn't disappoint in Odd, a fun little adventure tale about a crippled boy on a quest to save Asgard from an unending winter. Pratchett is one of my favorite authors and The Wintersmith, the third in the Tiffany Aching series, showcases his wit alongside his keen understanding of the human condition. (It's one of a series, but works as a stand-alone. If you want to begin the series (and you should!) the first book is The Wee Free Men.)

And once you've journeyed through snowy days, cap it off with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This wonderful classic reminds us that no matter how endless our winter seems, spring will come again.

The folks at World Weaver Press have offered up a copy of Wolves and Witches by Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt, in winner's choice of ebook format!  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and ends April 10, 2013. Fill out the Rafflecopter below.
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Witches have stories too. So do mermaids, millers’ daughters, princes (charming or otherwise), even big bad wolves. They may be a bit darker–fewer enchanted ball gowns, more iron shoes. Happily-ever-after? Depends on who you ask. In Wolves and Witches, sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt weave sixteen stories and poems out of familiar fairy tales, letting them show their teeth

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  1. My favorite wintery character is from a Shirahime syo a manga written by Clamp. It's a collection of shorter pieces and I love the first and last story where we get to meet the snow queen.

  2. Thanks for the great giveaway. I don't have a favorite. Too many to choose from

  3. I love, love, love Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu so I'd have to go with The Snow Queen! It's a great story and I've been sleuthing around and found some great illustrated copies.


  4. One of my favorite winter book is THe Brothers Grimn I can crawl up under the blanket while it is cold and read to my hearts content...

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  6. Snow White is wintry right! Oh, and I love the Nutcracker! The ballet is amazing!

  7. never thought about a favorite wintry character........Santa Claus?!?!? LOL!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!!

  8. My favorite wintry character is Faina from Eowyn Ivey's "Snow Child". This character and the book totally enchanted me!


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