Treasures Of The Snow
is a novel written by Patricia St. John in 1950.
The main characters are a girl named Annette Burnier and a boy named Lucien Morel. They're best friends but they fight sometimes. On Christmas, Annette's mother gives birth to a boy, whom Annette names Dani, but the mother dies after he's born. Five years pass. But after a series of misunderstandings, Lucien is angry at Dani and threatens to throw his pet kitten, Klaus, into a ravine. But Klaus bites him, and Dani falls into the ravine after him. He's alive, but his leg is so severely injured he can't bend it, and has to use crutches for the rest of his life. Annette is furious, so much so that whenever Lucien tries to do something nice for them, she deliberately ruins everything he makes. Neither children are happy, and have to forgive each other sometime.
The main message of the book is forgiveness, which, in this day and age
, really needs to be preached more often
. The story was adapted into a live-action film in 1980, and a very popular (in Europe
) 1983 anime from the World Masterpiece Theater
titled Alps Stories: My Annette.
This work contains examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, Lucien's hair is described as being black, but in the anime it's a reddish maroon color.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime expands on the scenes where Dani goes to a special doctor to get his leg healed into eight whole episodes detailing the whole process, whereas in the book it was just a couple chapters long, and it was mostly glossed over.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Because of what Lucien did and due to Annette telling everyone her side of the story, Lucien becomes a pariah. This is very much toned down in the anime.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Dani, Annette's little brother, but for the most part he means well.
- Book Dumb: Lucien isn't very good at academics.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Monsieur Peguin mentions he has two sons, one of whom is a doctor. When Lucien finds out about a doctor who can heal broken bones like Dani's injury, he goes to find him despite the danger. The doctor turns out to be Peguin's son.
- Cool Old Lady: In the anime, there's Annette's Great Aunt Claude Martha. Not only is she the most understanding and rational person in the entire series, she actually knows how stupid Annette and Lucien are behaving toward each other and gently calls Annette out on her grudge. Not only that, she's especially kind and understanding when Annette confesses she breaks Lucien's wooden horse carving. Not only that, she understands that Lucien didn't hurt Dani on purpose, unlike Annette, who believes he did.
- Cool Teacher: Monsieur Nicholas in the anime, a very far cry from his book persona where he outright tells Lucien's crimes to the class and encourages the kids to pick on him.
- Cute Kitten: Klaus is a female white kitten in the books, but in the anime he's a male ermine for some reason.
- The Determinator: Lucien in the anime when he tries to find the doctor who can cure Dani's leg. Watch episode 40 to see it in action.
- Genki Girl: Annette is very cheerful and tomboyish, much to the chagrin of her mother and great aunt.
- Happily Failed Suicide: In the anime, Lucien thinks about taking his own life. The old man in the woods, Peguin, catches him and convinces him not to go through with it, even if it involved an Armor-Piercing Slap.
- Ill Girl: Annette's mother was this, and because of Dani's birth putting a great strain on her body, she died.
- Missing Mom: Annette's mother dies after Dani is born due to having a weak constitution.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe. Annette hates Lucien so much she wants to make his life miserable, never to let him forget about what he did to Dani. She gets better.
- Promoted To Parent: Early in the anime after Dani is born, Annette has to take care of him, which involved making a lot of sacrifices. Thankfully, this didn't last long, as her father invited his aunt to help out.
- The Resenter: After the accident with Dani's leg, Annette holds an intense grudge against Lucien and sabotages all of his attempts to make up with her, so much so that she breaks all of the wood carvings he works hard on out of spite. At one point, it almost drives him to suicide had he not been talked out of it by Peguin.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Lucien is angry one day, he threatens Dani by threatening to throw Klaus over a ravine. When the repercussions hit him hard, Annette is very quick to call him out on it and decide she hates him forever so he can never forget his crime.