One day, when the stepmother queen bent her beautiful head to the magic looking-glass, and asked as usual, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?" the mirror answered, "Queen, you are full fair," 'tis true, but Snow-white fairer is than you." Then the queen was horribly shocked. Her beautiful face turned yellow with envy and rage, and from that moment she hated Snow-white with all her heart.
This haunting tale of how the powers of evil are thwarted by simple goodness and beauty, remains a perennial favourite. Together, Josephine Poole's evocative text and Angela Barrett's spellbinding illustrations bring out the deep mystery, excitement and emotion of the story, in what has become a classic interpretation.