Fairy Tales, Provensen-Style

The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales, compiled and illustrated
by Alice and Martin Provensen.  New York: Random House, 1971.

Alice and Martin Provensen were such an awesome team.  Just before Easter, the girls and I read our copy of Funny Bunny, the Little Golden Book originally published in 1950.  Big Sis turned to me and said, "I love these pictures.  They remind me of the illustrations in The Color Kittens."  She has a great eye, that one.  

I love how their style evolved over the years.  The charming vintage cartoon quality of their Little Golden Books [Alice had worked for Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker, while Martin worked for Walt Disney] changed as the years passed.  Sometimes it was sillier, sometimes it was simpler, sometimes it was richer.  Their style changed to fit the book they were illustrating at the time.

We all know how much I do love a good book of fairy tales.  I was excited to find a beautiful, affordable copy of this one.  The stories come from many different sources:  Oscar Wilde, A.A. Milne, Hans Christian Andersen, Howard Pyle...  Arthur Rackham gets the credit for "Beauty and the Beast," taken from his Fairy Book.  



from "The Lost Half Hour" by Henry Beston

from "The Nightingale" by Hans Christian Andersen

from "Beauty and the Beast" by Arthur Rackham

from "Feather O' My Wing" by Seumas MacManus

from "The Seven Simons" by Ruth Manning-Sanders

from "The Seven Simons"  by Ruth Manning-Sanders

from "The Prince and the Goose Girl" by Elinor Mordaunt

from "Prince Rabbit" by A.A. Milne

from "The Three Wishes" by Barbara Leonie Picard

from "The Swan Maiden" by Howard Pyle

If you want to see more Provensen fabulousness, I have a pinboard.  I know you're shocked.



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  1. What a stunning book! The illustrations are amazing - what a team! Your Pinterest Board is such a delight too! The Little Fat Policeman LGB is one of our favourites.

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    1. Ooo, another great one! I do love the LGBs so much. The Color Kittens is my favorite. Margaret Wise Brown and the Provensens combined. :)

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  2. I was so excited when I saw the blog title! I need to find this one.

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    1. For some reason or other, I found this one, in great shape, for cheap. The Ballet Stories book and the Greek mythology book that have been on My Vintage Book Collection (in Blog Form) seem to run higher. I just keep checking Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.

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    1. I love it. I still need to read through it all. I'm excited about the more obscure stories.

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  4. This looks fabulous! I love the Provensens too and some of the fairy tales mentioned are new to me. I'm intrigued:)

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  5. I haven't even heard of several of the titles you mentioned! How many tales are included in the books? Ohhh, I would love to get my hands on that one! awesome find.

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    1. There are 12 tales. The best-known are The Nightingale and Beauty and the Beast. The rest are more obscure. I'm excited!

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  6. Ooo - what a great collection of fairy tales - it has another A.A. Milne story: Prince Rabbit! I've never heard of that one. LOVE the cover art - the Provensens' illustrations are so unique!

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    1. I know! There are many obscure ones here. And the Provensens are definitely favorites of mine.

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  7. I actually just purchased this book a few months ago! It was in really good condition which made me even happier. Feather O' My Wing might be one of my favorite more obscure one but I honestly haven't read the others yet so that may change!

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    1. It's such a great collection. The art, obviously, has a lot to do with that, but I love reading new-to-me stories, too.

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