The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book

The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren,
with text edited and adapted by Katharine Gibson.
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1942.
(1960 reprint)

Look at this beauty!  This stunner came from the "In Storage" section of our downtown public library.  It wasn't even on the shelf!  I placed a hold on it, and it arrived at my usual branch today.  Giddy doesn't even begin to describe how I feel.

Gustaf Tenggren is best-known today for two things:  being an illustrator with Disney during the '30s and '40s, and illustrating many classic Little Golden Books, including the best-selling hardcover children's book in English, The Poky Little Puppy.  (You can explore the art and life of Tenggren at this wonderful website.)  I had seen used copies of this book on various used book sites before, but copies usually start over the $20 mark.  (I'm such a bargain shopper.)  I'll happily settle for checking out a copy from my public library, until I can luck into a better deal.


"The Three Bears"

"Cinderella"

"Cinderella"

"Hansel & Gretel"

"The Ugly Duckling"

"The Princess and the Pea"

"The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

"Seven at a Stroke"

"Rapunzel"

"The Six Swans"

"The Princess Who Could Not Laugh (The Golden Goose)"

"Mother Hulda"

"Snow White and Rose Red"

"Sleeping Beauty" 


Comments

  1. These illustrations are GORGEOUS! I love Justaf Tenggren, and saw some of his art (including from The Poky Little Puppy) years ago at the Swedish Art Institute in Minneapolis, MN.

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    1. Oh, very cool! I love his LGB illustrations. I knew this book existed, but I'd never tried to request it from storage before. Pretty easy, it turns out. :o)

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  2. Wow. I can see how you were giddy. Really lovely.

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    1. I'm sorry my photography skills are so sad. I'm not really doing the illustrations justice here. (My scanner isn't that fancy, either.) But it's definitely worth seeking out.

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  3. Wow, I had miss this illustrator, though I know and have The Poky Little Puppy, but he is surely mind blowing, Danzel. I like how he draws people in all that you show.

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    1. He did a lot of other classic LGBs, too: The Shy Little Kitten, The Tawny Scrawny Lion, The Saggy Baggy Elephant. Before his time at Disney, his illustration style was much more similar to his hero, Arthur Rackham. Books illustrated in this style are very, very expensive on eBay. There is also a book put out by Disney of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, using his concept art for that film.

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  4. I am in awe at the beautiful illustrations. This book is really lovely!

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    1. As I said above, my photos don't really do it justice, but I'm glad you guys can see it like I do! xoxo

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  5. Your pix look AWESOME, and I am just speechless at the beauty of this book. Oh my heavens, I wonder if my library has it. This is amazing D! What a treasure! Fabulous. Stunned by this one!

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    1. I think I knew our library had it. They actually have two copies. One is in the Decorative Arts section, along with many, many other picture books I'm dying to check out, but the books in that section are categorized "In Library Use Only." It's like a reference section. I looked more closely this time, and noticed it said there were two copies. Surely they couldn't BOTH be in this section. Nope, one was in STORAGE! Hidden away from the world! By the way, the Mercer Mayer East of the Sun, West of the Moon was in storage, too. Or it was, until I requested it!!! xoxoxo

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  6. The same day you posted this, I snatched a copy of it for 10.00 at Etsy! Etsy books don't show on bookfinder, and I did not know that. They have lots, and sometimes, you find a great title under-priced.

    We got it last Friday, and oh, boy, what an amazing fairy book it is. We read three stories, and the words are as beautifully thought as the pictures.

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    1. Serves me right for not checking that week! I'd swwn it on Etsy before, but for much more money! Excellent price. Enjoy it! :)

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