Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, nestled among whispering forests and rolling hills, there lived a kind-hearted princess named Snow White. Her skin was as white as snow, her lips as red as a rose, and her hair as black as ebony.
Snow White’s stepmother, the Queen, was beautiful but cruel and vain. She would stand before her magical mirror every day and ask, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” And the mirror would reply, “You, my Queen, are fairest of all.” But one day, the mirror gave a different answer, “Snow White is the fairest of them all.”
Filled with jealousy, the Queen ordered a huntsman to take Snow White into the forest and… well, get rid of her. But the kind-hearted huntsman couldn’t do it. “Run away, dear princess, and never return,” he urged.
Lost and frightened, Snow White wandered through the woods until she stumbled upon a quaint little cottage. Inside, everything was small and tidy. “Hello? Is anyone here?” she called out, but no answer came. Weary, she fell asleep on the tiny beds.
The cottage belonged to seven dwarfs who worked in a nearby mine. When they returned and found Snow White, they were startled but soon grew to love her. They warned her of the Queen’s wickedness and vowed to protect her.
Meanwhile, the Queen discovered Snow White was still alive. Disguising herself as an old peddler woman, she went to the cottage. “Dear child, let me lace your bodice with this new lace,” she coaxed. Snow White, innocent and trusting, agreed, but the lace was pulled so tight she fell into a deep swoon.
The dwarfs returned just in time to save her. “You must be careful, dear Snow White!” they cautioned.
But the Queen tried again, this time with a poisoned comb. And once more, the dwarfs saved Snow White. “Please, don’t trust any strangers!” they implored.
The Queen’s final trick was the most devious: a beautiful, shiny, red apple, poisoned through and through. Snow White couldn’t resist. She took a bite and fell into a deep, death-like sleep.
The dwarfs, unable to wake her, placed her in a glass coffin. Days turned into weeks, and then into months. Snow White lay there, looking as if she were asleep, her skin still as white as snow.
One day, a prince, who had heard tales of Snow White’s beauty, came to see her. Struck by her serene beauty, he pleaded with the dwarfs, “Let me take her to my castle. I cannot bear the thought of her lying here in these lonely woods.”
As his servants lifted the coffin, they stumbled, jostling Snow White. This caused the piece of poisoned apple to dislodge from her throat. She awoke, blinking in wonder.
The prince was overjoyed. “Will you come with me to my kingdom?” he asked. Snow White, with a smile of pure joy, agreed.
They married in a grand ceremony, attended by all, including the seven dwarfs. And as for the wicked Queen? When she asked her mirror who was the fairest, it still replied, “Snow White is the fairest of them all.” Enraged, the Queen’s vanity shattered like glass, and she was never seen again.
And so, Snow White and the Prince lived happily ever after, a testament to the enduring power of kindness and the triumph of good over evil.
And that, dear children, is the tale of Snow White, a story of innocence, jealousy, and the enduring power of love and friendship.
Also Read: The Beauty and The Beast
Follow Up Questions
- What did Snow White’s stepmother ask her magical mirror every day, and what did the mirror tell her one day that made the Queen very jealous?
- How did the huntsman disobey the Queen’s order, and what did he tell Snow White to do instead?
- What happened to Snow White after she took a bite of the poisoned apple, and who saved her in the end?
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