The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey, is a fun read. Although the story is at times sad, the fairy tale quality of the book, the engaging characters, and the satisfying ending makes it an entertaining story.
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Here are some questions to get your discussions started. Keep in mind that the questions may give some of the plots away, so read the book first if you're intending to:
1. Was Faina real? How much of the story do you think could have been Mabel’s imagination?
2. What was your favorite fairy tale when you were younger? Why?
3. Have you ever had a “fairy tale” experience in real life? What was it and what made it a “fairy tale”?
In The Snow Child, Jack and Mabel survived on wild berries, potatoes, and game. For your book club meeting, I've pinned a number of recipes and a couple of centerpiece ideas on the Alaskan Wilderness Board. For decorations, arrange evergreen branches for a centerpiece or multi-colored berries with crinkled plastic wrap (it looks like ice!) in a clear glass vase.