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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Crystalized Ice Heart Activity

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Ophelia and The Marvelous Boy book review and activity:

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

This modern-day fairy tale is a revisit to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a mysterious story which takes place in a museum. Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard is an unlikely heroine who doesn’t believe in anything except if it can be proven by science. There in the museum with Ophelia is her sister Alice and their Father who has taken a job in the museum to arrange an exhibit. All of them are grieving the death of their mother and wife. 

On her very first day in the museum, Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. The boy, whose name has been stolen, is a prisoner of the Snow Queen. He has been waiting for someone to come and help him and now is his chance with Ophelia. He has waited a very long time.


Ophelia embarks on multiple journeys to various corners of the museum to help set the boy prisoner free. Along the way she endures many tests and trials and discovers more about the boy. The boy himself has taken his own remarkable journey to save the world from the icy embrace of the Snow Queen.

This book is well written with many stories inside stories unfolding. It is a great adaptation of the original classic, making it both believable and relevant. 

We learn in this modern day fairy tale that the power of friendship, love, and courage can see us thru the most difficult times. Grab your copy of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy HERE.

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The Snow Queen lives in a cool and icy world turning everything she touches into a crystalized ice world. We thought we’d have a little indoor crystal ice fun.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

What’s in that pot over there?

Would you believe ice crystals? Or nearly ice-crystals. This is a science experiment that would even please Ophelia.


Pipe- cleaners folded in half and twisted down to make a heart. 3 tbsp of borax per 1 cup water.

Boil water, add borax, take off heat, add pipe-cleaner hearts, and let it set overnight, to pull out these beauties.


Now we have a beautiful heart ring to place in our fairy garden, on our table, or as a wreath on the door.

and here’s our marvelous boy who keeps adding beauty to our world.



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1 thought on “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Crystalized Ice Heart Activity

  1. Ooh this sounds like a great book! My 12 year old has been making crystallized shapes every winter for the past 7 years – reading this book will be great to add to the craft. Thanks for the recommendation!

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