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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
In The Dwarves’ Dilemma: A Science Folktale, Lois Wickstrom and Ada Konewki show the world of Snow White as it has never been seen before. The Queen of Aleta is known for her fairness in matters of justice; she works hard to listen to her subjects and judge between right and wrong, with the aid of her magic mirror and her beloved Snow White, her apprentice. One day, a disagreement arises between two dwarves, who each insist the other is in the wrong. The Queen is confused when her mirror shows her that she is the one lacking fairness, not the subjects. When Snow White investigates, she discovers that the cause of the problems is one of the Queen’s practices. The Queen works to fix the injustice and the kingdom returns to a place of kindness and order. A concluding section of the book shows a brief scientific explanation of how mirrors work: a gift for young scientists to enjoy.
I thoroughly enjoyed this creative retelling of the fairy tale, which delves into a conflict and helps kids understand a complex problem, whilst showing how a respectful Queen who loves those around her dealt with the situation. Lois Wickstrom presents the challenging topics in the book—a situation where several characters are facing difficulties because they have limited access to food and an explanation of the planes visible in a mirror—in a way that children can comprehend. As an adult, I learned something new about how a mirror works. The illustrations are spectacular; Ada Konewki’s art style is unique and expressive, and she paints characters of diverse ethnicities and body shapes. If you want to help your young readers learn to think deeper while still having fun, The Dwarves’ Dilemma is the book for you.