Many students are familiar with the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but they might not know different versions of this story that provide an unexpected twist. Here are some of my favorite versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Not only can these books be read for fun, but they are also great for comparing and contrasting two or more texts.
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DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Now new and old fans can relive the magic of Walt Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as it is retold in a beautiful full-color Little Golden Book!
Snow White is on the run from an evil witch when she comes across some dwarfs in the forest. They agree to take her in and keep her safe if she will help them with their chores. She soon realizes she’s taking on a lot more than she bargained for. 77 breakfasts to make, 77 lunches to pack (don’t forget the juice boxes!), 77 pairs of pants to mend and a whole lot of dishes. Eventually Snow White decides to take her chances with the witch. There’s a surprise ending… well, it may not be so surprising. This is a hilarious retelling of the classic tale, with bright, energetic illustrations featuring busy dwarfs, and the even busier Snow White.
There are two sides to every story sometimes seven! In this new spin on the classic story Snow White, the dwarves explain, from their point of view, how a sweet-natured but very forgetful, dizzy girl stumbles upon their cottage and turns their lives upside-down. Seriously, Snow White Was SO Forgetful! is a funny new take on a beloved fairy tale.
The princess is too sweet, too kind―but the witch knows just how to handle a princess like that. One bite from a painstakingly made poisoned apple should do it! Once the apple is in the hands of the princess, the plan is in motion. But when the kindhearted princess gives the apple away, the witch watches as her plot spirals out of control. Can she get the apple back before it’s too late? Who will end up with a happily ever after? What goes around comes around in this darkly humorous fairy tale, sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats and howling with laughter.
Follow along with Snow White’s daring adventure to escape her wicked stepmother, how she stumbles upon the dwarves house, and finds true love in this retelling of the classic tale. For readers young and old, this timeless classic is given new life with watercolor illustrations in this beautiful hardcover fit for a prince or princess.
The classic tale of Snow White gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Japan as the backdrop, and beautiful artwork from Japanese illustrator Misa Saburi, Snow White is still the same girl who meets seven dwarves and accepts a shiny red apple—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.
Nerdy, Funky, Grouchy, Smiley, Wheezy, Drowsy, and Hip are in search of a lead singer for their rock band in this hilarious send-up of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Snow White gets a stellar upgrade in this clever retelling with a truly inventive heroine. With wit, bravery, and some spare circuit boards, Jo will foil the queen, befriend a dragon, and build herself a celestially happy ending of her own.
You know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, or do you? Did you know Snow White was a secret agent? Or the seven dwarfs were really sled dogs in the arctic? Navigate through three different versions of the classic fairy tale. In this story, YOU CHOOSE how it ends. Will you get your happily ever after?
Sweet Snow Pony is loved by all for her beautiful coat as white as snow and her mane as black as ebony. Children come to her farm from all over just to have her braid their hair and teach them line dancing.
But not everyone loves Snow Pony. Jealous Queenie hatches an evil plan to make Snow Pony run away from the stable by planting a trail of apples into the woods and before long Snow Pony is lost! Full of delicious apples but all alone in the woods, Snow Pony stumbles upon the home of seven miniature ponies. The mini-ponies couldn’t be cuter, especially with Snow Pony’s braids, but they don’t have quite the same moves as the kids back on the farm.
Will her new friends help her find her way home? Or will the evil Queenie get her way?
Far, far away, on a distant planet called Techworld, a little girl named Snow White is born. Created by the planets smartest minds to be the perfect scientist, Snow immediately shows a knack for working with electronics. The Queen, fearing for her crown, exiles Snow White so she cannot grow up and take the Queens place as the most intelligent person on the planet. However, Snow White’s willingness to help those in need — especially the downtrodden robots of Techworld — earns her many friends, and they are all quite eager to help her cause.
Other Books Featuring a Mix of Fairy Tales
Award-winning creators Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat transform a crowd of classic tales into an ever-changing, fascinating, laugh-out-loud choose-your-own-adventure picture book, in which you may find a sleeping maiden, waste away in a sticky licorice cage, discover the gold at the end of a wild goose chase, or maybe (just maybe) save yourself—and the day!
What’s brewing when two favorites—poetry and fairy tales—are turned (literally) on their heads? It’s a revolutionary recipe: an infectious new genre of poetry and a lovably modern take on classic stories.
First, read the poems forward (how old-fashioned!), then reverse the lines and read again to give familiar tales, from Sleeping Beauty to that Charming Prince, a delicious new spin.
What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich answer this question in paired poems, with sometimes startling results. The Princess claims all those mattresses kept her awake—not a silly pea—while the poor pea complains that the princess snores. One Snow White begs the witch to settle by the bay and throw that mirror away. Another boldly tells the mirror she “won’t be guided by a glass that’s so one-sided.” Grumbles from the Forest is a bewitching brew of voices—grumbling, pleading, bragging, reminiscing, confiding—that bubbles with magic and wonder.
Imagine Hansel and Gretel’s story from their teacher’s point of view, when Gretel submits her report of, “What I Did in the Holidays, and Why Hansel’s Jacket Is So Tight.” Learn the story of how Rumpelstiltskin was used by a greedy girl who wanted to marry a prince in “Straw into Gold.” Find out what was really underneath all those mattresses the unlucky princess had to sleep on—and who the prince was really in love with—in “The Prince and the Problem.”
Since most of your students are probably familiar with the original version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, comparing and contrasting different versions is a natural next step in the process. Students can note the similarities and differences between the characters, setting, plot, and illustrations.
You might also like these fairy tale collections:
- Cinderella Stories
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears Stories
- Little Red Riding Hood Stories
- The Three Little Pigs Stories
You can find all of my book lists here.