Discovering the Underground with Snow White (Fairytale Encyclopedia)

Discovering the Underground with Snow White (Fairytale Encyclopedia)
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August 10, 2021
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There are not only dwarves in the underground. This hidden kingdom is full of interesting animals, things, and phenomena, as this mix of encyclopedia and fairy tale will show you. Once upon a time there was a Queen who only cared about her looks. She believed she was the most beautiful woman in the world, except for her stepdaughter Snow White. She was more beautiful and the jealous queen could not accept it, so she decided to get rid of Snow White. And what happened to the beautiful princess and her evil stepmother? In addition to the well-known fairy tale there are seven richly illustrated gatefolds where you can also learn about what lies underground, who works there apart from the seven dwarves, and which animals live there. You can also learn about underground structures and other curiosities associated with the realm below the Earth’s surface.

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fairy tale plus facts about the underground
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DISCOVERING THE UNDERGROUND WITH SNOW WHITE contains the fairy tale of Snow White along with fold open pages that detail interesting information about underground. The book teaches about different things found underground, the mineral and rock makeup, animals that live underground, and mythology of the underground among other cool facts. The book contains relevant illustrations throughout.

What I loved: There is a lot of really fascinating information about what is going on underground, presented in fun fact style tidbits on each foldout page. The format is interesting, and it could be read as the fairytale by just going through the pages, but when you fold each page up, the book talks to a specific topic around the underground. The breadth of topics is interesting, including the minerals and rocks underground, root systems, fossil fuels, and more. The illustrations throughout are imaginative, and descriptive in the encyclopedic foldouts. These could definitely inspire seeking more information when learning about these topics underground.

What left me wanting more: The connections between the fairy tale and the underground are often tenuous, and most pages do not have any clear links between the story and the foldout (with the exception of the minerals when talking about the dwarves mining and the root system when talking about the evil queen and the poisoned apple). I would have liked them to be a bit more linked, so it was clear why we would be interested in learning more about the topics included. The information included is also relatively light in terms of detail, so it would be more of a starter book than a detailed exploration of the underground.

Final verdict: A book with a fairy tale and fun facts about what's going on underground, DISCOVERING THE UNDERGROUND WITH SNOW WHITE is an intriguing foldout book that can spark an interest in learning more about what is happening beneath our feet. This would work well for young middle grade readers.
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