Picks and Pans Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

updated 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

adapted from Grimm's Fairy Tales

The 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney animated version of this incomparable fairy tale has seen the still beloved cartoon film become a huge hit all over again. (And what will you be doing in 2037, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony?) This book, illustrated with black-and-white and color drawings originally done for the Disney production, makes an ideal complement to the movie. Whatever liberties it takes with the Grimm boys' original tale, the text preserves the spirit of the film: " 'Saaay,' yawned Sleepy. Tell us a story.' 'A true story,' begged Happy. 'A lo-o-ve story,' sighed Bashful. 'Mush!' snorted Grumpy." The book also gives parents a chance to soften the impact of the wicked queen, who in her witchy form can be a little too much of a bad thing onscreen. It could be a satisfying respite for moms and dads tired of Dynasty too. In fact this sort of book makes it justifiable for those who don't have offspring of an appropriate age to borrow one or two so as not to miss out on the fun of reading the story with a child. (Abrams, $19.95)

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