The Snow Child
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The Snow Child

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

Title:The Snow Child
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0316175676
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:386 pages

    The Snow Child Reviews

  • karen
    Jan 17, 2012

    when i was about one hundred pages from the end of this book, i tugged on greg's sleeve at work, and said, "is this gonna end sad??"and he refused to answer.i think that was a good impulse.because i a...

  • Emily May
    May 22, 2012

    I put off reading The Snow Child because it wasn't something I would have chosen for myself without the extremely positive reviews of other goodreads members. If it is not obvious to you from the des...

  • Elyse
    Sep 06, 2016

    Thank you to the Goodreads community and my friends -- for the comments of inspiration while I was reading this book. When "The Snow Child" was first released in 2012, other that adoring the books cov...

  • Nataliya
    Mar 17, 2013

    Once upon a time there lived a childless old couple... This is not an uncommon beginning to folk tales, a simple introductory line which can (and in Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child does) condense into a f...

  • Reading Corner
    Feb 05, 2016

    So this story was beautiful with so many cute and heartbreaking moments. One of the best things in the book is the character development and the developing relationships throughout the story. From the...

  • Karen
    Jan 12, 2017

    I loved this sweet story! So much heart and a little magic!...

  • Tabetha
    Feb 24, 2016

    "'There,' he said. He stepped back. Sculpted in the white snow were perfect, lovely eyes, a nose, and small, white lips. She even thought she could see cheekbones and a little chin...How could she sp...

  • Nathan
    Dec 10, 2011

    It's truly gratifying to come across a book that evokes the senses to such a degree that its flavor is brought to the palate. Such is the case with Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Snow Child. Infused wi...

  • Kris
    Apr 15, 2012

    This is a beautifully written book. The Snow Child is inspired by the Russian folktale in which a childless elderly couple make a snowchild that comes to life as a young girl. Ivey's use of the folkta...

  • Linda Robinson
    Jul 22, 2012

    Amazing talent, beautifully delivered. This is a five sense book, and maybe a sixth and seventh as well. I could hear a bull moose snorting, swan screaming, snow crunching, river ice cracking. I could...