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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You can find yourself in the wood, confronting your own yearning and sadness, or just glory in the beauty of a good story, well told. Breadcrumbs is essentially a retelling of The Snow Queen, and as such, is a fantasy adventure where the girl undertakes a fairly dangerous quest to rescue her b I do wish, however, that this fairy tale had trusted in its own merits—and those of its valiant little heroine—a little more.

As soon as the last “amen” was spoken she could burst forth from her chair and lift her dress above her head for airflow, laydown on the shaggy red carpeting and pretend to be a steamroller, tiptoe behind the stage to look at the audio equipment, go outside to essentially run laps around the building, and twirl and dance and laugh and laugh and laugh. I have a little story about this, but I will save it for the end, since it really has no place in this review June 28, at The main characters are in 5th grade, which will make some older kids turn their noses up at the book.

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He revisits past encounters, feels remorse and shame, and uses his new knowledge to move forward. But it in no way delivered what we thought we’d get out of it. One scene I was so glad that Ursu included, her mother telling her that she was perfect and didn’t need to change was very important.

A Book Worth Sharing Breadcrumbs was, quite simply, a beautiful book. Everyone and everything is genuinely presented either to be against her or for her use. Much like other fictional heroines, she also faces situations where she has to choose between easier “wrongs” and harder “rights.


It easily could, and it is working in the liminal space between childhood and adulthood. Remember when being a kid meant that there were bullies that made fun of you but no one killed themselves or shot up their schools or staged a sit in about it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Part 2, or when the fairy tale finally started I was a lot more engaged with part 2 due to the fantasy aspects. Hazel does not care for Jack so much as she is obsessed with him. The cover art and all the little illustration pages scattered throughout. She’s so focused on her imaginings that her dreamy tendencies are causing her trouble in school. If so… email me, we must be twins separated by fate. The second part of the novel, where Hazel embarks on her quest through the magic forest and encounters many curious people, animals and magic objects is a little muddy in its messages or I might be too dense or too adult to understand them.

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Secondary characters flit through the book half-visibly, especially in the second part; we see the portions of their stories that intersect with Hazel’s, but no more. But, I have had plenty of friendships, as a child and as an adult, that I think are worth what Hazel did.

Sometimes it felt like an adult voice, sort of like a “Once upon a time” type of narrator.

We never actually see Hazel being bright or creative or imaginative; we are only told that she was considered so at her last school. But all of this is only the prelude to the real battle: Prepare for objections, though. Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more if I had read it earlier in my life. Right from the start I made a note to myself that the plot of The Snow Queen annee abandons his friendship with a girl unexpectedly smacked of When You Reach Me.

The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential. By the end of the tale there are a couple loose ends that may confound readers. I can see English teachers having a field day with this book, using it for a variety of writing assignments.

She has served on Newbery, written for Breaadcrumbs Book, and has done other lovely little things that she’d love to tell you about but that she’s sure you’d find more interesting to hear of in person.


For example, why does Hazel think of herself as hollow, especially when she’s meeting with the school counselor? View all 45 comments. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The writing style in this made my skin crawl. Understanding the fairy tale source helps to appreciate the rift that forms between them, but as it was written, it’s not enough.

When I was in 2nd grade, my teacher read a story called The Faithful Elephants aloud to us during story time. The two halves of the story have little to do with each other stylistically, save the overblown writing.

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Anne Ursu does a beautiful job using imagery and fantasy elements as a metaphor for Hazel’s issues. Hazel is an extremely imaginative girl and I’m Incidentally, The Snow Queen was a big part of my childhood too.

But the scene suffers from the same self-absorbtion as the rest of the story: I will not be surprised to see a silver medal on this one come January I hurt for the children who suffer from the cruel effects of selfish magic that the woods bring out in adults and the creatures who live in the woods.

Learn how we rate. She teaches at Hamline! Or maybe he genuinely doesn’t like her anymore? I thought he would change, and they would grow along the way.

This has been on my wish list for a while now, so thank urus for the review. I don’t even know how to go about this review without gushing like an incoherent loon. Thus far, what I got from the book is the story of an adopted insecure kid struggling through a school of mean kids who are racist fuckers. Maybe he’s socially awkward around different friends?