Storybook Characters: The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen is my favorite of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales. In this story, Gerda goes on a long and dangerous journey to save her dear friend Kay from his imprisonment in the Snow Queen’s icy palace. Gerda and Kay are children. Other than that, I’m not sure what Gerda is supposed to look like, because her appearance is irrelevant to the story. Let me repeat that: This is a fairy tale where the female protagonist’s physical appearance doesn’t matter. Hooray.

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I decided to give Gerda light brown, looped braids (a new peg doll hair style), an acorn cap, a white and red dress with red laces (to go with the red shoes that she was wearing before she threw them into the river), and a small brown cape. Kay has a little bit of black hair peeking under his acorn cap. His body is painted blue-grey, and he wears a burgundy scarf.

img_8029The Snow Queen herself was great fun to make. Her dress is made of white flower petals with an overlay of iridescent organza, trimmed with silver at the collar. She has a white felt cape. Her skin is snow white, her eyes are icy blue, and her hair is made of white shiny yarn. She wears a tiara made of tiny beads.

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