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"When I get a little money, I buy books.  And if there is any left over, I buy food and clothes."

— Desiderius Erasmus (1469—1536)
Dutch Renaissance Scholar & Theologian*




F
AVORITE PICTURE BOOKS
chronological by publication date,
alphabetical by author's last name within year

1938

Pumpkin Moonshine, written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor (New York: Oxford University Press); reissued in 2000 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York).

1948

Let's Pretend, by Nila Mack, illustrated by Catherine Barnes (Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Company)
 


Contains five stories “adapted from the famous radio program Let's Pretend heard over the Columbia Broadcasting System”:

  • Cinderella
  • The Leprechaun
  • Childe Roland
  • Princess Moonbeam
  • Rumpelstiltskin

1954 A is for Annabelle, written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor (New York: Oxford University Press); reissued in 2001 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York)
1958 The Fairy Tale Book: a selection of twenty-eight traditional stories from the French, German, Danish, Russian, and Japanese, translated by Marie Ponsot, illustrated by Adrienne Ségur (New York: Simon and Schuster); republished in 1999 as The Golden Book of Fairy Tales (New York: Golden Book Publishing Company)


It was my Aunt Nancy's copy of this book which, together with my mother's Let's Pretend, started my enduring love of fairy tales.

The stories included are:

  • The Sleeping Beauty, by Charles Perrault
  • The Frog Princess, from the Russian
  • Donkey-Skin, by Charles Perrault
  • Kuzma and the Fox, from the Japanese
  • Puss in Boots, by Charles Perrault
  • Thumbelina, by Hans Christian Anderson
  • Green Snake, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • The Tinder Box, by Hans Christian Anderson
  • Cinderella, by Charles Perrault
  • Kip, the Enchanted Cat, from the Russian
  • Grace and Derek, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • Urashima and the Turtle, from the Japanese
  • Thumbkin, by Charles Perrault
  • The Wild Swans, by Hans Christian Anderson
  • Hans and the Striped Cat, by the Brothers Grimm
  • Little Red Riding Hood, by Charles Perrault
  • The White Deer, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • Beauty and the Beast, by Madame Leprince de Beaumont
  • Silvershod, from the Russian
  • Queen Cat, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • Cowlick Ricky, by Charles Perrault
  • The Seven Crow Princes, by the Brothers Grimm
  • Bluecrest, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • The Royal Ram, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • Bright, Deerdeer, and Kit, by Madame la Comtesse de Ségur
  • Dawn, the Golden Haired, by Madame d’Aulnoy
  • Finn, the Keen Falcon, from the Russian
  • Fairies, by Charles Perrault

1964

Never Tease a Weasel, by Jean Conder Soule, illustrated by Denman Hampson (New York: Parents’ Magazine Press)

1969

Thy Friend, Obadiah, written and illustrated by Brenton Turkle (New York: The Viking Press)

1974 Serendipity, by Stephen Cosgrove, illustrated by Robin James (Los Angeles, CA: Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers, Inc.)

1974

Snow White, translated from the Brothers Grimm by Paul Heins, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Boston, New York & London: Little Brown and Company)

1974

The Marvelous Mud Washing Machine, by Patty Wolcott, illustrated by Richard Brown (New York: Scholastic Book Services)

1990

Beauty and the Beast, by Marie Leprince de Beaumont, translated by Richard Howard, illustrated by Hilary Knight, with an afterword by Jean Cocteau (New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

1990

Tam Lin, retold by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak (San Diego, New York & London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers)

1991

the Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer, illustrated by Steve Johnson (New York: Alfred A. Knopf)

1995

But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing)
 


Contains four midrash based on stories from the Old Testament:

  • Lilith, the First Woman (Genesis 1:27)
  • A Psalm of Serach (Genesis 46:8-17)
  • Bityah, Daughter of God (Exodus 2:10)
  • The Daughters of Z (Numbers 27:1)

1995 The Ballad of the Pirate Queens, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon (San Diego, New York & London: Voyager Books, Harcourt Brace & Company)
1995 Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Jane Dyer (Boston, New York, Toronto & London: Little Brown and Company)

2000

The Quiltmaker's Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken (New York: Scholastic Press)
 


There is a Web site for this book, with information about the author and illustrator, quilting links, activities, and an FAQ:
http://www.quiltmakersgift.com/.

2000

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin (New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

2000

The Seven Wise Princesses: A Medieval Persian Epic, retold by Wafa' Tarnowska, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry (New York: Barefoot Books)

2000

The Sepent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women, retold by Katrin Tchana, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Boston, New York & London: Little Brown and Company)
 


Contains eighteen stories from a variety of countries/cultures:

Chinese –
Indian –
Wabanaki tribe –
Filipino/Chilean –
Chinese –
Jewish –
Cameroon –
English –
Arabic –
Latin American –
Eskimo –
Arabic –
English –
Armenian –
Russian –
Japanese –
Scottish –
African/Jewish/Arabic –

 The Serpent Slayer
 The Barber's Wife
 Nesoowa and the Chenoo
 Clever Marcela
 Sister Lace
 The Rebel Princess
 Beebyeebyee and the Water God
 Kate Crackernuts
 The Old Woman and the Devil
 The Magic Lake
 Grandmother's Skull
 Three Whiskers from a Lion's Chin
 Duffy the Lady
 Sun-Girl and Dragon-Prince
 Staver and Vassilissa
 Tokoyo
 The Lord's Daughter and the Blacksmith's Son
 The Marriage of Two Masters


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