Book review: Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Book Reviews

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I am not sure what is going on with the inter-library loans, but books have been transiting so slowly! I’ve been unlucky and waiting impatiently for some physical books to arrive but without any success. No matter, I turned to the digital library this week, and bring you a book I read last year and reread with such pleasure: Snow & Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin.

This book is a retelling of the Snow White and Red Rose fairy tale. It is done beautifully! I was expecting to find a storybook, but it is more of an illustrated short novel.The illustrations really bring this book to a higher level and make the story even more magical. Illustrated by the author, each image is filled with magic and wonder. I really enjoy the simple yet atmospheric style of illustration. Each image takes you to a folkloric fairy tale universe through the clothing, patterns, colours and interesting details it presents the reader. I particularly enjoyed the sketchbook pages at the end of the book which show different character and costume studies. It is always so interesting to see how artist work.

The story is also very interesting and is a fun retelling of the classic tale. I particularly enjoyed the characters and wished they all had their own storybook! Many of the characters are indeed very endearing, and I kept wanting to know more about them. It is always the mark of a great story when you engage enough to imagine your own story featuring its characters! I also loved the forest setting. It made the book feel like a fairy tale in the best of ways.

Overall, I think this would make a great book to be read chapter by chapter, as a nighttime storybook. The story was very engaging, the characters fascinating and the setting simply magical. The illustrations are sure to feed the imaginations of the readers and help them create their own adventures! I really think this book would make the perfect gift for all story lovers, children and adults alike. And if you’d like to know more about the process of this book, the author-illustrator shares her inspiration books over here.

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin, Random House Children’s Books


 

Book review: Snow & Rose par Emily Winfield Martin

(Malheureusement, ce livre n’est pas encore disponible en français au moment de l’écriture de ce billet.)

Je ne sais pas ce qui se passe avec les prêts interbibliothèques, mais les livres transitent si lentement ! Je n’ai pas eu de chance et j’ai attendu avec impatience l’arrivée de certains livres, mais sans succès. Peu importe, je me suis tournée vers la bibliothèque numérique cette semaine, et vous apporte un livre que j’ai lu l’année dernière et relu avec autant de plaisir : Snow & Rose, d’Emily Winfield Martin.

Ce livre est une réécriture du conte de fées “Blanche-Neige et Rose Rouge”. C’est très bien fait ! Je m’attendais à trouver un livre d’images, mais il s’agit plutôt d’un court roman illustré. Les illustrations donnent vraiment à ce livre une dimension supplémentaire et rendent l’histoire encore plus magique.Illustrées par l’auteure, chaque image est remplie de magie et d’émerveillement. J’aime beaucoup le style d’illustration à la fois simple et atmosphérique. Chaque image vous transporte dans l’univers d’un conte de fées folklorique grâce aux vêtements, aux motifs, aux couleurs et aux détails intéressants qu’elle présente au lecteur. J’ai particulièrement apprécié les pages du carnet de croquis à la fin du livre qui présentent différentes études de personnages et de costumes. Il est toujours très intéressant de voir comment les artistes travaillent.

L’histoire est également très intéressante et constitue une relecture amusante du conte classique. J’ai particulièrement apprécié les personnages et j’aurais aimé qu’ils aient tous leur propre livre de contes ! La plupart des personnages sont en effet très attachants, et j’ai constamment voulu en savoir plus sur eux. C’est toujours la marque d’une bonne histoire quand on s’y attache suffisamment pour imaginer sa propre histoire mettant en scène ses personnages ! J’ai également adoré le décor de la forêt. Il donne vraiment au livre une impression de conte de fées.

Dans l’ensemble, je pense que ce serait un excellent livre à lire chapitre par chapitre, comme un livre pour l’heure du conte. L’histoire est très prenante, les personnages fascinants et le décor tout simplement magique. Les illustrations vont certainement nourrir l’imagination des lecteurs et les aider à créer leurs propres aventures ! Je pense vraiment que ce livre serait le cadeau idéal pour tous les amateurs d’histoires, enfants et adultes confondus. Et si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur le processus de création de ce livre, l’auteure-illustratrice partage ses livres d’inspiration ici.

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin, Random House Children’s Books

Weekly News 12-09-2020

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Atelier News

I hope you are all doing well!

We’ve been decorating our home for Christmas this past week. It’s a weird celebration this year as we are trying to wrap our minds and hearts around the fact that we won’t be allowed to see our family. It’s a tough pill to swallow, I won’t deny it, particularly when it feels like every person we talk to is telling us that they will be seeing their families despite the interdiction.

Still, it feels good to put fairy lights everywhere. After all, Yule is such an important time in the year and an occasion to celebrate! I spent an entire week-end making paper stars and star lanterns. It was strangely soothing to fold paper over and over again.

If you want to make your own, this is the video I used for the paper stars and for the star lanterns.

I’m also keeping up with my mushroom paintings. It’s so much fun, and I feel like I’m learning a lot with each mushroom I complete. I’ll be sharing a new project with you very soon with all these little ‘shrooms!

New at the boutique

I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you all for all your Christmas orders! It really makes all the difference as it motivates me to think of new products and paintings to share with you, while also supporting my small atelier!

Thank you a thousand times!

Inspiration

This week, I share with you this beautiful book on the amazing Beatrix Potter: The Art of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach.

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Small treat

This week, I’m sharing an incredible link where you can visit three exhibits from the Montreal Fine Arts Museum for free in the comfort of your own home. I had a lot of fun exploring the post-impressionist exhibit, and I hope you’ll make a date out of this! It feels so good to be able to see these beautiful exhibits and to be immersed in the works of masters.

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Weekly News 12-02-2020

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Atelier News

I hope you are all doing well!

Well, what can I say. When I’m not painting pine cones, I’m painting mushrooms, and when I’m not painting mushrooms, I’m painting pine cones. This week is a mushroom week! 

I’m learning a lot with these little subjects and mushrooms are really incredibly fascinating, so I’m having a lot of fun while I’m learning.

Incidentally, I wanted to try painting from a real mushroom instead of always using pictures. At my favorite organic grocery store, I selected the most beautiful shiitake I bought (under the amused eye of the cashier who must not sell a lot of mushrooms in packs of one…), brought it home and carefully put it in the fridge waiting for my next painting session… I must have waited too long because my beautiful mushroom was all shrivelled after 2 days in the fridge! I still tried to paint it, but I will have to repeat the experience with a real fresh mushroom!

Inspiration

This week, I present my favourite fairy tale book : An Illustrated Treasury of Swedish Folk and Fairy Tales, by John Bauer

Head over to the blog for a full review!

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Happy December! I’m inviting you to visit my November!

Small treat

They sound like pirates and love potatoes: these are my people!

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Weekly News 10-15-2020

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Atelier News

Hello friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

Exciting times! You can now find my work in a lovely store/yoga studio/tea shop!

I’m very excited to see my products, that I make by myself in my little atelier out in the real world!

At the moment, only a few prints are there as we are testing the waters, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to share more of my work in other local stores soon!

New at the boutique

Some lovely mushroom bookmarks have made their way to the shop! Let me know if you like them!

Inspiration

I continue my rainy day finds with this beautiful watercolour graphic novel: Kodi by Jared Cullum.

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Small treat

Romantic hearts, rejoice!

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Weekly News 10-07-2020

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Atelier News

Hello friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

As I’m writing this, it is raining buckets outside, and it makes my morning mushroom painting practice even cozier! It’s so interesting to paint mushrooms because they are so varied and unique!

Inspiration

I recently found, on another rainy day, the book Floriography by Jessica Roux, the illustrator. I love her illustration style because it is so soft and detailed. Head over to the blog for more details on the book and my full review!

Small treat

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