This version of Beauty and the Beast is perfect for those who are in the mood for a fractured fairy tale. Set in Norway, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, tells the story of a young girl called Lass. Lass is not her name,
her mother did not name her, but it is important that she be called something as being without a name in the icy north is considered the worst possible luck. Born with the ability to communicate with animals, Lass is shocked when a majestic polar bear shows up and asks her to come live with him for one year in his castle near the Arctic Circle. He promises success and
riches for her large, poor family and Lass cannot resist. Before she can change her mind, she is swept away to an incredible castle made of ice, with only her loyal pet wolf as a companion. The polar bear is kind to her, the castle is beautiful, and for the first time in her life her stomach is full. Yet there are things that trouble her: although she cannot smell it her wolf tells her that
the castle and everything in it smell of rancid meat, every time she gets a servant to answer one of her many questions they disappear shortly after, and,
most troubling of all, every night a mysterious person sleeps next to her. What is the polar bear’s secret and will Lass be able to stay in the castle for an entire year? Read and find out!!!
Ms.G is the librarian at the Malone Middle School in Malone, NY.