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Book Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (Jessica Day George)
Based on a Norwegian fairytale, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is a beautifully crafted book focusing on “pika” or “lass”, the ninth child in a poor family. The area the family live in is suffering from a prolonged Winter – it has lasted over a century. The pika’s mother, Frida, showing disregard for her fourth daughter, refused to name her.
When the amazing white reindeer is rumoured to be around the area, the pika and her siblings – except for Hans Peter, the eldest child and pika’s favourite brother – search for it, hoping the reindeer will grant a wish for them. When the lass finds the white reindeer, although she merely wishes for a name, she finds her whole life has changed. The pika learns she can now speak to and understand animals, much to her delight.
With her pet wolf, Rollo, by her side, the pika is shocked when an isbjorn – or polar bear – appears in her house, asking for her company. Believing it is a great idea, the pika accepts his offer to live in his ice palace for a year and a day. Although the palace is magnificent, when servants start disappearing the pika knows something isn’t right…
Jessica Day George has written Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow superbly, and I could not put it down. Her descriptions of mythical creatures such as selkies and fauns are vivid and beautiful. This is a great fantasy book with more twists and turns than a road up a mountain.