Natalia and Lauren O’Hara
‘Can you feel a tremble in the wind?……Frindleswylde is coming.’ The story begins with Cora’s grandmother warning her about Frindleswylde, a strange creature who appears in winter and from whom nothing and no one in safe. Of course, very soon Frindleswylde appears – and Cora’s adventure finds begins.
This is a feminist fairy tale with a brave heroine, a stunning setting, a cunning foe and three seemingly impossible tasks. The story is a metaphor for the changing of the seasons, steeped in Nordic folk lore with echoes of Robert Swindell’s The Ice Palace and Anderson’s The Snow Queen.
The text is beautifully written, descriptive and rhythmic and it would be perfect to read aloud on chilly winter evenings. The illustrations shimmer, illustrating Frindleswylde’s mysterious icy world beautifully.
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Talk about the story
Read the story to your child and then talk about the story and pictures together.
Talk about whether this story reminds you of any others you know.
Share favourite parts of the book – this could be lines from the story, illustrations or things that happen.
Think about Frindlewylde together and talk about why he might have behaved as he did. For example was he lonely?