Two sisters look longingly through their window at the snowy sky. One goes out and sculpts a little rabbit, but when she brings it back inside to her wheelchair-bound sister, it begins to melt. So they take it outside and into the forest where enchanted things begin to happen.Read more...
Two sisters look longingly through their window at the snowy sky. One goes out and sculpts a little rabbit, but when she brings it back inside to her wheelchair-bound sister, it begins to melt. So they take it outside and into the forest where enchanted things begin to happen. A follow up to her hauntingly beautiful Fox's Garden, Camille Garoche (a.k.a. Princess Camcam) mounts paper cut scenes into dioramas that are then meticulously lit and photographed, lending the illustrations depth and heightened drama. Steeped in subtle detail and unspoken emotion, The Snow Rabbit is a book to cherish.
Also known as Princesse Camcam and the creator of the celebrated Fox's Garden, Camille Garoche lives in Paris with her partner and daughter. Camille's 3D, cut-paper illustrations have been exhibited throughout Europe.
- ISBN-13: 9781592701810
- ISBN-10: 1592701817
- Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
- Publish Date: November 2015
- Page Count: 56
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Garoche, reprising the same technique she used in Foxs Garden, constructs and photographs dioramalike cut-paper scenes featuring fanciful characters and backgrounds, a process that gives the final images an eerie, real-yet-unreal quality. In this wordless story, two sisters with yellow hair gaze out the window of their cottage into a snow-covered forest. One emerges, shapes a white rabbit from the snow, and brings it inside to show to the other, who uses a wheelchair. The two venture out with the rabbit after it starts melting, and it comes to life and leaps to freedom. They pursue it, but the wheelchair gets stuck, and the girls are unable to free it. As they struggle, the rabbit grows larger, eventually carrying the girl back home. Ironically, the story draws its power from images of weakness. The girl in the wheelchair, the vulnerability of the two in the wood, and the delicate rabbit seem to play on a fascination with fear and fragility. Fans of Garoches previous book will be gratified, but while the story does feature a disabled character, she is far from independent. Ages 48. (Nov.)