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Terps
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(8/21/07 7:35 pm)

Help if you can...
I have been in great search of a book of fairy tales from my childhood.

It was 8x10, blue, and on the cover had a prismatic picture. On the inside it had all of the classic childhood fairy tales... The pictures were not illustrations, but rather still photos of claymation-like type scenes, and all of the pages were the type you would see in a school textbook, somewhat glossy rather than rough and textured.

I believe it to have been published sometime in the 1960's or 1970's any hints would be forever appreciated. :\

MaryjoKitt
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(11/16/07 4:24 am)


Re: Help if you can...
Could the book you search for be
1. Dean’s A Book of Fairy Tales Contents: Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose, HopO’' My Thumb, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea, The White Cat, Little Ida's Flowers, Ole Luckoie or the Dustman, Thumbelina, The Top and the Ball, The Darning Needle, Blockhead Hans, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in the Boots, Tom Thumb, Hansel and Gretel, and Babes in the Wood. Illustrated by Anne and Janet Grahame Johnston, 1977 edition, Playmore New York, Dean & Son.

2. The Mother Goose Book Alice Provensen & Martin Random House 1976 First Edition

I have both of these books MaryjKittredge@aol.com

Writerpatrick
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(11/18/07 3:34 pm)


Re: Help if you can...
My first instinct when hearing of these requests is that it could either be an Andrew Lang book or a Grimm's book. But it appears you're more interested in the pictures than the text.

You mention claymation but I wonder if you're referring to stop-motion instead. In that case it could be some of the works of George Pal and some of his Puppetoons. He didn't do a lot of fairy tale work but he did a few including Rapunzel. He's better known for his special-effects work including the work he did on "The Adventures of The Brothers Grimm."

It seems every major publisher has at least one book of fairy tales and they update them every few years so it's difficult to find a specific text. Pal's work is mostly public domain and much of his stuff appears on children's tapes and DVDs.

Patrick McNamara
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Edited by: Writerpatrick at: 11/18/07 3:34 pm
aka Greensleeves
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(11/18/07 6:48 pm)


Re: Help if you can...
It actually sounds a lot like the "Living Story Book" series published by Crown in the late 1960s, but the ones I have are all single-tale volumes, not compilations.

I pulled my edition of Hansel & Gretel, and the only copyright information is for the photographs, which are Japanese: T. Izawa, S. Hijikata, and Shiba Productions.

Here is a similar title, by the same artists, currently up on ebay (published as a "Puppet Storybook").

Does this look familiar at all?

aka Greensleeves
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(11/18/07 9:38 pm)

Re: Help if you can...
I mentioned this to my husband, and he immediately said, "I had that book--it's A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES." I showed him my "Living Story Books," and he said, "That is absolutely the same artist."

So I did a Google search for Izawa + CGOV, and came up with this hit on Amazon. Another used book site described it as having "holographic image on cover," and DH distinctly remembers the prismatic cover you describe. He isn't sure if the picture on the Amazon link is the same as the edition he had, but he says he definitely remembers the picture shown on the cover.

I'm not familiar with Stevenson's work, so I was sort of surprised, but DH says, "it's different stories."

So... any chance this is it after all?

MaryjoKitt
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(11/19/07 5:50 am)


A Child's Garden Of Verses
I also found this book within my inventory: Selections From A Child's Garden Of Verses By Robert Louis Stevenson illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith, this book is also flipped upside down and another book starts. Title is Best Loved Fairy Tales Of Walter Crane. Dandelion Library, The Groiler Society 1967

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