Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Once upon a time

Jack climbed the beanstalk
In 1917 the Frederick A. Stokes company published Stokes' Wonder Book Of Fairy Tales, edited by Elisabeth Vernon Quinn and illustrated by Florence Choate and Elizabeth Curtis. The book has become scarce, but it has just been re-produced by National Review as The National Review Wonder Book of Fairy Tales, with lots of stories and 125 color and “wood-cut” illustrations [probably like the one here from the original book]. The stories include:
Hansel and Gretel • Little Red Riding-Hood • The Traveling Musicians • The Three Bears • Little Snow-White • The Sleeping Beauty • Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp • The Ugly Duckling • Cinderella • Big Claus and Little Claus • Puss-In-Boots • Rapunzel • Jack and The Beanstalk • The Tinder-Box • Beauty and The Beast • Hop O’ My Thumb • The Valiant Little Tailor • The Wild Swans • Rose-Red and Rose-White • “What The Goodman Does Is Sure To Be Right!” • The Enchanted Stag • The Goose Girl • Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves • Rumpelstiltskin • The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats • Dick Whittington •The Princess on The Pea • The Babes in The Wood • Tom Thumb • The Elves and the Shoemaker • The Tale of Peter Rabbit • Bluebeard • The Frog Prince • Jack the Giant-Killer • The White Cat • Goody Two Shoes • Old English • Diamonds and Toads • and many more
This is the kind of book that makes me wish for someone very young to whom I could read aloud. If you find this book tempting it can be ordered here for $25.

National Review Store — The National Review Wonder Book of Fairy Tales