Favorite Fairy Tales Series, Edited by Virginia Haviland: Part One



It's time for another vintage fairy tale book post! I found these books on the library website, while searching for Irish fairy tale books for St. Patrick's Day. Virginia Haviland was a children's librarian and writer who compiled collections of fairy tales for children from around the world. The series was published by Little, Brown and Company in the 1950s, '60, and '70s. My library had five books in storage that I was able to check out. I accidentally requested the Scottish tales book, which was not allowed to be checked out (nor was the Norway book, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard - "in library use only," grrrr!), but they sent it to my branch anyway, and I took it home for a couple of days, too. The collections were a lot of fun, and the illustrations are to die for. I have so many pictures to share, I decided to split the books into two posts. Enjoy!

First up, Favorite Fairy Tales Told In France, illustrated by one of my very favorites, Roger Duvoisin!

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in France, retold from Charles Perrault and other
French storytellers by Virginia Haviland, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. Little, Brown and Company, 1959.


"The Twelve Dancing Princesses"

"The Twelve Dancing Princesses"

"Puss in Boots"

"Beauty and the Beast"

"The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"

"The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"


From 1966, Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Sweden, illustrated by Ronni Solbert.

Favorite Fairy Tales Told In Sweden, retold by Virginia Haviland, illustrated by Ronni Solbert.
Little, Brown and Company, 1966.


"The Boy and the Water-Sprite"

"The Boy and the Water-Sprite"

"The Old Woman and the Tramp"

"The Old Woman and the Tramp"

"Pinkel"

"Pinkel"

"Lars, My Lad!"


 And the last book of the day, Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Polandillustrated by Felix Hoffmann, published in 1963.


Favorite Fairy Tales Told In Poland, retold by Virginia Haviland, illustrated by Felix Hoffmann. Little, Brown and Company, 1963.


"About the Hedgehog Who Became Prince"

"About the Hedgehog Who Became Prince"

"The Jolly Tailor"

"Jan, Wonderface, and Flamebird"

"Jan, Wonderface, and Flamebird"


There are lot of used books available on Amazon, including the ten my library doesn't have. I think I want to start a collection!

More to come! Stop by Tuesday!


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  1. Oh my worrrrrrd those illustrations!!! Love the Jolly Tailor, lol! These are fabulous. I've never seen one of these in real life before. Incredible art!!!!

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    1. They're so cool, and I haven't even seen half of them yet! I love the Duvoisin stuff. Later today, I'll post the other three, which include illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman and Adrienne Adams!

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