Reviews for Snowbear Whittington : An Appalachian Beauty and the Beast

Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995
In an Appalachian version of the well-loved fairy tale, young Nell grows to love her captor, a fierce white bear, but breaks her promise not to reveal his name to anyone. Alternating spreads show full-color paintings and soft gray pencil drawings. The outdoor scenes capture the setting well, but the human characters are traditionally beautiful without expressing much depth of emotion. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 1994 November
K-Gr 3-Snowbear Whittington is the traditional ``Beauty and the Beast'' tale retold with slight Appalachian mountain variations, including a large white bear instead of a ``beast'' and Christmas roses for the plucked flower that starts off the chain of events. Lisi has added such regional trappings as quilts, dulcimers, homespun clothing, and baskets. Endpapers capture the blue beauty of the mountains first in winter and then in spring. The straightforward text appears in a free-verse format on double pages, which alternate with double-spread paintings. The illustrator has chosen a romanticized, realistic style that features beautiful people, with bear motifs, Christmas roses, and doves used symbolically. The animals are realistically rendered and believable while the human characters have vacant expressions that detract from their appeal. Libraries that already own Marianna Mayer's (Macmillan, 1984) or Michael Hague's (Holt, 1991) romantic versions of Beauty and the Beast may consider this one an additional purchase.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.