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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We don’t expect that from our fantasy novels, especially for children. Originally posted on Small Review 2. Great and very cerebral review today, Jill.

And while I was so thrilled with the literary references in the first half of the book, with subtle nods to everything from C. Is she going to go back to school the same girl she was when she left, after this adventure? You can find yourself in the wood, confronting your own yearning and sadness, or just glory in the beauty of a good story, breadfrumbs told. Through-the looking-glass adventure not very original. This is part of what made Part Two feel so melancholy.

Hazel’s only confidante is Jack, the only one annne Hazel believes relates to her troubles and her active imagination. The book’s received mixed reviews, which I think is related to the fact that it resists so many conventions of popular literature in general and children’s fantasy in particular. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Will Hazel not be able to save Jack once he is older and rejects her? Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Remember when you would rush off with your friends after school, without proper outdoor attire, no helmet as you straddle your ten speed, no cell phone with a GPS chip so your parents always know where you are… the only caution being from Officer Friendly to not talk to strangers and avoid starting forest fires?

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Ursu breadcrumvs sculpted a rich and poignant adventure that brings readers deep breadcrmubs the mysterious, magical, and sometimes frightening forests of childhood and change.

See and discover other items: Either give us a new character or tell us how the white witch got here, but to give us the white witch and then vaguely claim she’s not the white witch was unsatisfying.

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I would not recommend this book for others. View all 3 comments. I never quite connected; I never got to that point of feeling the story.

Hazel notices that things have changed with her best friend Jack and that he doesn’t really want to play with usru.

The children have modern troubles – Jack’s mother is going through a deep depression, Hazel has to deal with her adoptive parents’ divorce and to bring herself to fit in a new, difficult and different school. The backbone of the story is a relationship of two friends and how that relationship can evolve through time – and that’s it’s okay to have a relationship change.

I asked her for the name of it because I wanted to present it to my class, and I thanked her for having the respect breadcrumbw children to be willing to read that book to us and let us connect to each other and show what we were capable of understanding and feeling. Nov 13, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, I think my biggest issues with this novel were the lack of resolution on those crucial issues and the fact that I think some really important aspects of the story outside of Hazel and Jack’s bond weren’t dealt with in the depth I wanted.

All of this preface is a warning because I am going to compare this book to another book, and it makes me nervous. I do wish, however, that this fairy tale had trusted in its own merits—and those of its valiant little heroine—a little more. Ursu displays no irony or awareness when writing these sentiments; she clearly feels that Hazel is indeed being dealt an urzu blow.

But I wrote it because so many people apparently loved this story; I wrote it to explain my our deep disagreement with its entire approach, not to dismiss anme out of hand as if I hadn’t read and measured it thoughtfully.

Hazel uses fantasy to escape from the reality of her life, but while most authors would make this look like a good thing, here you can see that Hazel really is making her life harder than it needs to be. The gold medal better be plastered on A Monster Calls. Yes, this book is beautifully written especially the descriptions of snow at the beginningbut the intended “middle grade” audience may have some trouble with it. The boy in the woods tells Hazel, “Sometimes it seems like it might be easier to give yourself to the ice.


The plot is utterly amazing though. For a girl like Hazel, fantasy worlds should work with a kind of internal logic. Get to Know Us.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

What parents need to know Parents need to know that this middle-grade retelling of “The Snow Queen” deals with an year-old boy disappearing into the urdu and his best friend, Hazel, going in after to rescue him. Aug 25, Rachael rated it it was ok. I really liked and appreciated it. Peppered with homage to other children’s tales–from both classic and breadcrumbw arena–this is a charming, clever, if bittersweet read.

Her story is non-flinching and not necessarily going to have a happy ending.

Thoughtless comparisons have ruined stories for me because sometimes something beautiful in a story is so easy to crush by association with something blunt in another. The story of the Snow Brezdcrumbs always kind of scared me. Most importantly, they learn how to see through eyes other than their own. I liked how Ursu creates a world of magic that intersects with the ‘real world’ in that children travel to this other place to escape from their disappointing lives on the real side of the woods.

And magic did come out.


Ursu never talks down to her audience in terms of vocabulary or metaphor. It could so easily have been something more than merely a charming and ursj homage. In particular, her villain in Book 2 is hilarious and much more dimensional than you might expect. A strange, amazing, sad, thoughtful, one-of-a-kind original. With a journey through the woods. The world was not made for girls: Everyone else in this story wants something though, and is willing to go to sometimes evil lengths to get what it is they desire.