The Grimms' Fairy Tale
Illustrated by Lucy Gow
Once upon a time a queen sat sewing by a window made of ebony wood.
She pricked her finger and blood fell on the snow.
She wished she had a baby with hair as black as ebony, lips as red as blood, and skin as white as snow.
The queen’s wish came true. They called the baby Snow White.
Sadly, the queen died not long after.
The king remarried.
His new wife had a magic mirror that told the truth.Each day, she asked the mirror:
“Mirror, mirror on the wall,who is the fairest one of all?”
Each day the mirror answered, “you are.”
Until one day the mirror said …
“… Snow White.”
The queen said to the royal huntsman
“take Snow White into the forest and bring back her heart in this box.”
The huntsman took Snow White into the forest and told her to run away.
When night fell, the forest was a scary place to be all alone.
In the morning, Snow White followed some forest animals to a little cottage.
Seven dwarfs lived in the cottage.
When they came home, Snow White was asleep inside.
The magic mirror told the Queen where Snow White was staying.
The queen disguised herself as a lady selling ribbons.
She tricked Snow White. Snow White let the Queen lace her dress with a ribbon.
The Queen pulled it so tight that Snow White couldn’t breathe.
The dwarfs found Snow White on the floor.
They cut the ribbon and Snow White woke up.
Again the magic mirror told the Queen that Snow White was the fairest.
The Queen disguised herself as a lady selling combs.
She tricked Snow White.
“Now let me comb your hair,” said the Queen.
But the Queen used a poisoned comb.
She stuck it into Snow White’s scalp.
Snow White fell to the floor.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall,who is the fairest one of all?” asked the Queen.
“Snow White” said the mirror.
The dwarfs had saved her again.
The queen went to a secret place and made a poisoned apple.
She disguised herself as a peasant and tricked Snow White again.
Snow White bit into the apple and fell down as if dead.
This time the dwarfs could not rouse Snow White.
They made her a coffin out of gold and glass and inscribed it with the words:
“Here lies Snow White, the daughter of a king.”
A long time passed and Snow White lay in the coffin. She stayed beautiful and looked as if she was just sleeping.
One day a prince asked if he could take Snow White to his palace.
The dwarfs agreed reluctantly.
As the king's men carried Snow White away, they stumbled on some roots and the apple fell out of Snow White's mouth.
She woke up!