Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Wonderful Chair by Frances Browne


BJU Press has reprinted a fairy tale that will enchant readers young and old. Despite its age (written in 1857!), The Wonderful Chair has much for modern readers to glean. The main character, Snowflower lives with her grandmother, Dame Frostyface. Her grandmother planned to be away and she told Snowflower to lay her head on the grandmother's armchair and request a story whenever she felt lonely. When the food stores began to get low, Snowflower asked the chair to take her the way that her grandmother went.

Snowflower learns of a feast in honor of King Winwealth's daughter and decides to join them. She feels ashamed of her shabby appearance but she is grateful to eat the scraps that the cook threw away. The guests were intrigued by the chair that had transported Snowflower and when the king's spirits were low, his favorite page reminded his majesty about the little girl and her curious chair. She was asked to report to the king and Snowflower said the magic words and the chair began to tell a story. Each story offered a moral lesson and upon its conclusion, Snowflower was rewarded with gifts and progressively nicer locations to eat and sleep. 

Children will not only adore Snowflower, but will admire her bravery and loyalty to Dame Frostyface when she ventured out to find her. How long will Snowflower remain at the palace? Will she ever find her Grandmother? You'll have to read the book to find out! I highly recommend this wholesome read full of great life wisdom!  

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Wonderful Chair from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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