Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales of Long Ago

Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales of Long Ago.
Random House, 1958.

I have a confession. This morning, when I read that Shirley Temple Black had passed away, at the age of 85, I actually shed a few tears. I don't know why. She has been out of the public eye for some time now, and she stopped making movies and television shows by 1961. Maybe it's because I read her autobiography, Child Star, only a year and a half ago. Maybe it was the childhood memories of watching The Little Princess and Heidi on Nickelodeon in the 1980s. Or perhaps it's the fact that all these many years later, I still enjoy watching those movies with my daughters, Bright Eyes and The Blue Bird and her television anthology series "Shirley Temple's Storybook."



Sitting right next to my computer was this book, Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales of Long Ago. Back in 2012, I shared a lovely anthology, Shirley Temple's Storybook, here on the the blog. Like that book, this one ties in with her late-'50s/early-'60s television series.  I don't know why I hadn't posted about this one yet. Maybe I was saving it for this very day...

back cover

beautiful endpapers

title page

"The Magic Fishbone," illustrated by Sheila Greenwald 

"The Magic Fishbone," illustrated by Sheila Greenwald 

"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong

"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong

"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong

"The Valiant Little Tailor," illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid

"The Valiant Little Tailor," illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid

"The Valiant Little Tailor," illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid

"The Little Lame Prince," illustrated by Dick Dodge

"The Little Lame Prince," illustrated by Dick Dodge

"The Little Lame Prince," illustrated by Dick Dodge

Little Sis was asking me just the other day for a Shirley Temple doll.  We see them occasionally at the antique mall, but the asking price is always too high for a doll in terrible condition.  And they are always in terrible condition.  These dolls were loved.

I would happily settle for the "America's Sweetheart" DVD collection.

In the mood to watch a little Shirley today?  The Little Princess is always the easiest movie to find, as it fell into the public domain years ago.  It's on Hulu, free with Amazon Prime Instant, and really...  it's on YouTube, folks.



Also on Netflix is Miss Annie Rooney, from her short-lived stint at MGM as a teenager.  Amazon Instant has a huge selection of Shirley Temple movies for rental or purchase.  Episodes from "Shirley Temple's Storybook" and some of the early-'30s "Baby Burlesques" are on Hulu.  And yes, there are tons of movies on YouTube.  

Rest in Peace, Shirley Temple Black.




For more Shirley Temple, you can also check out my "Shirley Temple" board on Pinterest.  And here is today's obituary from The Washington Post.

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Comments

  1. What a sweet tribute you've made.
    She was definitely loved.
    I'm off to add The Little Princess to my Hulu queue.

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  2. Oh this is lovely! And that book, incredible right? I literally stood looking at it for 10 minutes, agonizing whether or not to get it -- but it was seriously ripped to shreds in places. Oh well. Isn't kind of amazing that the ultimate child star actually turned out pretty darn well? Love that!

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    1. I still want the big treasury I checked out from the library a couple years ago. It had other stories in it, and lots of cool illustrations.

      She did turn out well. She had a whole second career! There was a quote from her on the official website that said she was working on her second autobiography, picking up where Child Star had left off. I wonder if she finished it...

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  3. I have so many fond memories of watching Shirley Temple movies with my grandma when I was a girl. She was also the one who ordered me my very first Shirley Temple drink at a restaurant. So many of my memories about Shirley Temple are tied to my grandma, who died just four years ago. Thanks for the sweet tribute! xoxo

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    1. I definitely remember watching Heidi and The Little Princess at my grandma's, since I didn't have cable at my house. My parents would order me Shirley Temples. The girls got to try theirs last summer!

      Lots of hugs to you. Grandmas are the best. xoxo

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  4. I love Shirley Temple but I did not like all her movies. I remember the Blue Bird the most and I think she was a very good actress and a good role model too. Those books are really beautiful! You found them so fast!

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    1. Not all of her movies are great, but her performances were usually pretty sweet. The Little Princess is still my sentimental favorite, even if it changes things from the book. Then again, the beautiful 1994 version did, too.

      This book really was just sitting here on the desk, right next to the monitor, along with our paperback copy of In the Night Kitchen. I ordered it off Etsy several months ago. I didn't even notice right away...

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  5. I love Shirley Temple too- what a sweet child and actress she was, and what a lovely lady. Thanks for this tribute! I 've just realized I haven't watched a full movie of hers but I've known her for quite a few years- she was mentioned in my English book when I first started learning English (I was seven) and I remember finding her immensely interesting.
    Your book looks great. I've got to watch some movies of hers...

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    1. She made so many movies as a child. "On the Good Ship Lollipop" is from an early full-length movie, Bright Eyes, while "Animal Crackers in My Soup" is from Curly Top. She starred in several adaptations of classic books and plays, such as The Little Princess (love), Heidi, and The Blue Bird. Poor Little Rich Girl was based on the book by Eleanor Gates, previously made as a silent vehicle for Mary Pickford, but they took a lot of liberties with it. The Mary Pickford movie is better. There are the movies she made with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. They are dated and can be uncomfortable to watch, but their chemistry is wonderful. Shirley loved "Uncle Bill," as she called him, and he was a frequent guest at her house during her 20th Century Fox years. As a teenager, her best films were Since You Went Away and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. Anyway, those are the movies I'd point to as a starting point... ;)

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    2. Thanks!! Maybe I'll start with the Little Princess- I love that story, the book and the 1993 film. But I'll write down all the titles and hopefully I can watch them all one at a time... :)

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