Over the weekend I found five or six of these little Well Loved Tales published by Ladybird Books in the 60’s. There’s something totally creepy about the illustrations but they’re also strangely compelling. They’re realistic and very adult compared to other illustrated children’s books of the same era. Chase is really excited about the books as she is about all fairy tales. We often read and re-read stories so I always pick up fairy tales when I see them so we can check out the illustrations. It’s fun to see all the different styles.
I did a little poking around on the internet, as I often do, when I sat down to write this but I kind of wish I hadn’t. If I had known how much we were going to like them I would have dug a little harder into the bottoms of the bins with sweat dripping into my eyes looking for Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin but you get what you get and you don’t get upset. We read Sleeping Beauty FIRST thing this morning and Chase wanted to share her favorite parts with you. She also wants you to know that her most favorite part is where they get married. That’s the bestest part. She wanted to read them all at bedtime but settled for Sleeping Beauty AGAIN and The Magic Porridge Pot. Stop, little pot, stop.
I might check a gain next time to see if I can find more. I think the covers are pretty easy to pass over. Do you have favorite fairy tales or a favorite illustrator? We’re always on the lookout for something new.
PS I have a bone to pick with everyone I consulted on whether or not it I should continue on with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. All of you, and there were many, agreed that it was indeed safe. But not a single one of you mentioned the part where they uncover the history of Elsie’s institutionalization at Crownsville. The horror. How could you not mention that? You probably blocked it out. A heads up would have been nice though. I mean really, am I just overly sensitive?