A Story From: Denmark
Read Time: ["6 to 10mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs., 10 to 14yrs.
The Snow Queen Fairy Tale Story ~ Bedtime Story in English Stories for Kids
This is the Fairy Tale story of The Snow Queen. It has been adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s version and is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
The Wizard’s Mirror
ONCE THERE WAS AN EVIL WIZARD who made a mirror with his dark magic. If anything good or beautiful was put in front of the mirror, the reflection that showed back was only rotten and gray.
The wizard laughed. He wanted to show his evil mirror to the whole world! He took it and flew up high into the sky. He flew so fast that the mirror started to shake. He could no longer hold on to it and the mirror dropped! It smashed into many tiny sharp bits of glass on the ground.
The wind blew the glass all over the place. From then on, if one bit of that evil glass blew into anyone’s eye, that person would see only the bad and dark in people, no more the good. So it was in that land.
Years later, a boy named Kai and a girl named Gerda were friends. They lived next door to each other. Both of them had their bedrooms in the attic. When they opened their attic windows, they were so close they could reach out and touch fingers. An old gutter ran between the two roofs. In the gutter where water ran through, the families had planted a garden with vegetables and roses. It was like Kai and Gerda’s very own garden. Kai and Gerda’s families were poor. There were no toys to play with. But they did not mind. They played in their garden on the roof, and were happy.
When they opened their windows, they were so close they could reach out and touch fingers.
One day, Gerda and Kai were on the roof weeding the garden. All of a sudden, a gust of wind blew by. It blew a sharp bit of that evil glass right into Kai’s eye. He stood up, stepping on the roses. “I do not want to weed this stupid garden anymore!” he said.
“Okay,” said Gerda. “Do you know you’re stepping on the roses? How about a clapping game?”
But Kai cried out, “I don’t care if I step on all the roses! And I never want to play with you, Gerda. Ever again!”
The Snow Queen
The next day, Kai took his sled into town. Ah, that sled was so slow! A big white sleigh was coming down the road very fast. The sleigh came close to Kai and as it did, it slowed down just a bit. Kai had an idea. He quickly tied the rope of his sled onto the back of the sleigh. Now he could ride behind on his sled! But what Kai did not know is that driving the sleigh was the evil Snow Queen.
The Snow Queen, in her white fur coat, had known very well that Kai was on the road. She had slowed down her sleigh when she got closer, to give him a chance to tie on the rope. She did not turn around to look. She knew that Kai was speeding along behind her. Soon he would be near frozen with cold. Then, she knew, it would be easy to make him hers.
But what Kai did not know is that driving the sleigh was the Snow Queen.
The Snow Queen drove on. When she knew Kai must be bitter cold, she stopped the sleigh. She went up to the boy. “You want to ride behind my big sleigh?” said the Snow Queen. “I can make it so you do not feel the cold.” Kai shivered. “I will give you one kiss on your cheek. Then you will no longer feel cold.”
Kai nodded. She kissed him on the cheek. He no longer felt cold.
“Now, one more kiss,” said the Snow Queen. “With this one, you will forget all about Gerda and your family.” Before Kai could say anything, the Snow Queen had kissed the other cheek. She laughed and said, “If I kissed you a third time on your forehead, you would die. But I have things for you to do for me back at my palace.” Then she got into her sleigh and drove on.
Where was Kai?
Kai did not return home that day. Or the day after that. You can imagine how upset everyone was! They said poor Kai must have drowned in the river. Gerda ran down to the river. She called out to the waters rushing by – Is it true? The river would not say. Gerda took off her red shoes and held them up. She said she would throw her red shoes into the river, if only the river would give back Kai. But the river would not let her throw in the shoes. And that is how Gerda knew that he must not be under the water.
But where was he?
Gerda went many places looking for Kai. She went to see a witch. The witch tried to trick Gerda into staying with her forever. Gerda ran out very fast, just in time. Then she met a crow. The crow told Gerda that to find Kai, she must go to the palace of a Princess.
But where was he?
So off went Gerda to the palace of the Princess. She did not know anything about Kai. But sey gave Gerda warm clothes and a beautiful coach she could ride on her way.SOURCE:
This story has been adapted from "The Snow Queen" (Danish: Snedronningen), an original fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was first published 21 December 1844 in New Fairy Tales. First Volume. Second Collection. 1845. (Danish: Nye Eventyr. Første Bind. Anden Samling. 1845.) The story centres on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai.