The Wild Swans (Little Golden Book)

Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans (A Little Golden Book),
illustrated by Gordon Laite.
Random House, 2014.

My birthday week continues!  Look what I received today:  my all-time favorite fairy tale in Little Golden Book form!  According to the book's page at Random House, Gordon Laite, illustrator of Golden's The Blue Book of Fairy Tales (among other things), created these illustrations back in 1970, but they were never published!  They were recently discovered in the Golden vaults, and only published last month. As you can see, they are gorgeous!

The text is simplified, of course, but true to the original Hans Christian Andersen story, which you can read here.

I'm so curious as to why this book wasn't published all those years ago.  I believe these are some of the finest fairy tale illustrations in the already fine Little Golden Book canon.  What do you think?

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  1. Replies
    1. My photos don't do it justice. It's so beautiful. And as it's a Little Golden Book, it's beyond affordable. ;)

  2. The illustrations are gorgeous! I wonder why they wouldn't publish such a gem! I love that fairy tale and all the cartoons I watched as a kid.

    1. I'm curious about it. It is pretty spectacular. I love this story so much.

    2. Charming as always ! The lines of illustrations look soft and delicate.. beautiful!

    3. Gordon Laite was a fabulous illustrator. I'm so glad they finally released this one. The Wild Swans has been my favorite since I was little. :)


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