Breadcrumbs By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire. Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $ ISBN: Read Common Sense Media’s Breadcrumbs review, age rating, and parents Anne Ursu · Fantasy; Breadcrumbs was, quite simply, a beautiful book. Book Review: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. Posted on October 4, Title: Breadcrumbs. Written by Anne Ursu Illustrations by Erin McGuire. Genre: Fantasy .

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With that in mind author Anne Ursu has done the mildly impossible. I started reading this breadcrumns a few weeks ago, put it down, and never picked it back up again.

There are witches who wear swanskins, woodsmen who leave ballet shoes for lost girls, fates who like shiny things, a birdkeeper and his bird sister, a man and woman who turn little girls into flowers so that they will not leave them.

Ineptly named book is a fun retelling of The Snow Queen! Nov 07, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: Years later, when I was taking a Children’s Lit class, I emailed my 2nd grade teacher and said “I’m sure you don’t remember me she didbut I’m hoping you remember this” and I described what I breadcrumhs of the story.

Either give us a new character or tell us how the white witch got here, but to give us the white witch and then vaguely claim she’s not the white witch was unsatisfying. Jan 27, Kathryn added it Shelves: That being said this was an enjoyable read that I recommend.


I would have loved more descriptive imagery of her Ice Palace. He’s like an anchor to her in a stormy sea that her world has become since her parents’ divorce.

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The ending itself feels abrupt and never achieves the emotional intensity that I was really hoping for. Ursu would have done well to utilize the key element of underdog charm: Or Remember back when you were 10 and the most important thing was a being a world renowned hula hooper and b marrying Davy Jones? I mean, have you ever read The Swineherd? But I wrote it because so many people apparently loved this story; I wrote it to explain my our deep disagreement with its entire approach, not to dismiss it out of hand as if I hadn’t read and measured it thoughtfully.

I first started reading the books when I was 20, so I breaccrumbs have them in the blood in the same way, even though I loved most of them. Idiosyncratic thing, ignore me. And the white witch??

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It easily could, and it is working in the liminal space between childhood and adulthood. I think it could have been smoother.

View all 98 comments. The children have modern troubles – Jack’s mother is going through a deep depression, Hazel has brsadcrumbs deal with her adoptive parents’ divorce and to bring herself to fit in a new, difficult and different school.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Hazel is a wonderful main character with whom readers will easily identify and empathize.

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The prose is masterfully poetic, evocatively descriptive, and desperately sad. Dec 08, Terri rated it it was ok. There were a few bright spots that caught my attention Hazel’s friend’s uncle, the presentation breadcrumb some of the fairy tales–though NOT The Snow Queenbut I disliked Breadcrumbs more than I liked it.


You will find no other book out there quite like this one, no matter how hard you try. The plot is an extended reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” set partly in modern-day Minnesota, and partly in The Woods, one of the most unfriendly landscapes in children’s fantasy. This is a beautifully written book — and intelligently written, too.

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This book has both a male and female protagonist, but most of the writing is coming from the female protagonist point of view. Personalize Common Sense for your family. I wanted to like this more than I did for a few reasons. Jack’s heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice.

I would have to agree…tears are much more effective and poetic than a baseball. Through-the looking-glass adventure not very original.

Experience is sometimes the only way we learn, and Hazel’s dream-like quest in the woods leads her to uncover life’s scary little truth: