|Hansel and Gretel (Little Golden Book) by Jacob and William Grimm,|
illustrated by Erika Weihs. Simon and Schuster, 1943.
Like most decent Little Golden Book collectors, I have the popular Eloise Wilkin-illustrated edition of Hansel and Gretel. Even though it's out of print, there a many used copies floating about, and they're usually pretty cheap. The Wilkin edition is from 1954, and I knew it wasn't the first, but I hadn't come across the older version yet. Until Tuesday, during a trip to my favorite antique mall. This "I" edition has a messy spine and worn cover, but the pages are in lovely condition.
This is the 1943 Little Golden Book of Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by Erika Weihs. An About the Artist on the title page reads:
Erika Weihs, a native of Vienna, came to this country in 1938 and specialized in greeting card art before turning to children's book illustration. She lives in New York with her husband, an advertising artist. Among the many books Mrs. Weihs has illustrated are Hello, I'm Adeline; Heidi; and Tales of Many Lands.
I love how the sun comments on the action, smiling here, fearful looks there. I'm still partial to the Wilkin illustrations, but these pictures are quite charming, don't you think?
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