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Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson(1951- )
Ruth Sanderson writes and illustrates picture books for children. See more of her beautiful art at her website.

The Crystal Mountain: Just lovely!

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The Crystal Mountain by Ruth Sanderson

If it were up to me, I'd make sure every single children's bookshelf had at least one of Ruth Sanderson's wonderful books. Her stories are simple, sweet, and yet thought-provoking, and her illustrations are clear, uncluttered and utterly beautiful. The Crystal Mountain is no exception, and is definitely up there as one of her best works.

As she did with The Golden Mare, the Firebird and the Magic Ring, Sanderson ingeniously combines more than one fairy or folk tale to create a story that is both new and familiar. In this case she borrows from the Chinese story "The Magic Brocade" and the traditional Norwegian tale of "The Princess on the Glass Hill," to tell the tale of Anna, a famous seamstress who has a dream that she is determined to create on her loom. When the beautiful tapest... Read More

Where Have the Unicorns Gone?

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Where Have the Unicorns Gone? by Jane Yolen and Ruth Sanderson

Most people are struck by the idea of the unicorn: its imagery, its meaning and its origins. Unfortunately in present times the striking and semi-dangerous idea of a horned, goat-legged, lion-tailed creature has been reduced to a sugary-sweet horsey (usually portrayed in various shades of pink or purple).

Jane Yolen and Ruth Sanderson attempt to answer the question of Where Have The Unicorns Gone? The most popular story of where these creatures went to is found within the children's song, which tells how the unicorns were too proud to enter Noah's Ark and subsequently died. Legend tells that they went on to become the horned narwhal of the Arctic Seas.

Yolen and Sanderson keep the motif of the sea, but bring in a more contemporary theme of pollution an... Read More

More fairytales from Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson children's fantasy: The Crystal Mountain, Cinderella, The Snow Princess, Where Have the Unicorns Gone?Cinderella — (2002) Publisher:  Kind Cinderella, forced to wait hand and foot on her cruel stepsisters and stepmother, has almost forgotten that she, too, was once a lady with fine clothes and a soft bed in which to sleep. But when Cinderella is left at home on the night of the royal ball, her fairy godmother turns pumpkin into coach, mice into horses, lizards into coachmen, and Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown. At the ball Cinderella captures the prince’s heart, but she must flee before the stroke of midnight. Now the prince must find the true owner of the delicate glass slipper Cinderella has left behind.


Ruth Sanderson children's fantasy: The Crystal Mountain, Cinderella, The Snow Princess, Where Have the Unicorns Gone?The Snow Princess — (2004) Publisher: Sanderson tells a romantic tale of the daughter of Father Frost and Mother Spring. The Snow Princess can call snow at will, but her parents remind her that she must never open her heart to falling in love. She goes off to see the world-the forests, the animals, and most of all, the people. When it’s time for the winter fair, she’s enchanted by the dancing, singing, and merriment, and touched by the attention of one Sergei. Although she runs away, and a great snowstorm comes up, her heart is full of him. She finds Sergei, lost in the melting snow, and her heart melts, too. It is easy to underestimate the power of Sanderson’s exquisite oil paintings, with their glowing textures and near-perfect detail. Most of the full-page, full-bleed illustrations are done in every shade and tonality of blue, from ice to midnight, and she uses the washed gold of winter sunlight to pick out other effects. The page spread of the Snow Princess in her snowflake-studded, ermine-trimmed cloak, her dark hair afloat, with her hand resting on a striding polar bear, will make little girls in particular swoon.


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World Fantasy Convention 2011: Day One

“Sailing the Seas of Imagination” is the theme of World Fantasy Convention 2011 here in sunny, temperate San Diego, so you don’t go too long without someone issuing an “Arrrh!” or a panel about what happens under the sea. It’s a great group of people: fans, writers, critics, all people who read with passion and heart. And I'm here and get to blog about it!

Once registered for the convention, I trudged directly over to pick up my goodie bag. World Fantasy is famous for these bags: sturdy canvas totes jammed with enough reading material to last at least a month. I returned a number of the books to the Book Swap table because I already owned them, but I’ve still got 10 new books (and I’ve already tasted A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans, which I’ve b... Read More