Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (A Puppet Storybook)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (A Puppet Storybook).
Grosset & Dunlap, 1985 printing.
Pictures Copyright by Tadasu Izawa and Shigami Hijikata, 1968, through
management of Dairisha, Inc.  Printed & bound in Japan by
Zokeisha Publications, Ltd.

I was so excited to find this at an antique mall this weekend.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the "Puppet Storybooks," first published by Grosset & Dunlap in the 1960s and 1970s.  My edition is an oversized board book, printed in 1985.  It was cheap, as it has some staining, and the binding is tearing away in the back.  I have wanted to see one of these books in person for a while.  Besides loving fairy tales, I love illustrations consisting of photographed puppets and dolls.  The photos from these books were created in Japan, and besides some very general information on the occasional blog, or eBay or Etsy listing, I don't know much else about them.  You can find multiple versions of these books on Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, if you are interested, especially the older editions.  I just wanted to share the lovely pictures from this one!









Here are a couple of closeups.  Wouldn't you love to sit through a whole filmed short of this?




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  1. omg. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had this when I was little!!! I had a few of them!! And did my mother hold onto them?? NO!!!! Oh....you just made my year showing me this book. I loved these so much when I was about 4ish. You are the brilliantest finder EVER!!!

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    1. Oh, cool! I had only admired them on Etsy, until now. They tend to be priced a bit higher there, too. This one is a reprint and in bad shape, but I really just wanted it for the pictures!

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  2. look how soft and fuzzy the faces are!!!!!!!!

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  3. I totally remember these. It always made me wish that there were more puppet shows because I really liked them. I can only remember going to two in my entire childhood, though! One was a puppet version of The Nutcracker and another was...hmmm can't remember what it was about but it was at a harvest festival. I was always so jealous of the von Trapps and their Lonely Goatherd.

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    1. I agree, I love puppet shows! And yes, there just aren't enough of them. I love the puppet shows in movies, like The Sound of Music, but also Being John Malkovich or Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or old puppet bits I find on YouTube from old variety shows.

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  4. Lovely! Such wonderful pictures! We found the Princess and the Pea story at the library once and the pictures looked a lot like these ones... we loved it. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. There are a bunch of them, so it was probably the same artists. I should have made these photos bigger perhaps. Because it's a board book, it was too difficult to scan. The puppets are so sweet, though.

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  5. I found your blog through Heather´s blog. I like it here! And that book is such a find, it is just amazing how they made the Snow White-story into a doll-world. Magical. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for coming by! I love a good fairy tale book, and I try to share my favorites here. :)

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