The Golden Book of Fairy Tales (Anglais) Relié – 1 juin 1992
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One last word - this is quite an oversized book - 11' X 20' or so. So if you buy it, be sure you have a large enough bookshelf for it, because this is a book you will keep forever! Five stars all the way!
handful truly rose above the rest. The superb storytelling of Marie Ponsot and haunting illustrations of Adrienne Segur continue to shine through the years since the book was first created. The Golden Book of Fairy Tales is nothing less than a classic, a gorgeous collaboration of art and story at its finest.
It was out of print for many years, and as an adult, I searched long and hard before
finding an original copy. (In fact, every year I would call my hometown library where
I first discovered the book to ask if it was going to be retired and sold, and always the answer was no!)
Golden Books has done an admirable job of reprinting what was originally entitled
simply, "The Fairy Tale Book", published by Simon & Schuster in 1958. Though the
original colors were more subdued, the depth and richness of the Golden Book edition are appealing.
Over the years, I've met a number of adults who have equally vivid memories of and attachments to this volume. Adrienne Segur's work, known for its lyricism and lush detail, has influenced many contemporary fantasy, fairytale and children's book illustrators and authors. Marie Ponsot was a gifted translator and scholar whose writing never condescends and creates a singular spell of its own.
Ponsot and Segur collaborated on two other children's books that were published in the US, "The Snow Queen and Other Tales", also reissued by Golden Books, (and available on Amazon) and "My Big Book of Cat Stories", English translation pub. 1967 by Golden Press, which, unfortunately, remains out of print. The artwork in "The Snow Queen" doesn't quite live up to the standard of Fairy Tales, but is certainly worth having. "Cat Stories" retains the quality of art in FT, and like the other two titles, contains tales not usually found in such collections. It is worth the effort to find! I am hoping that Golden Books with go forward with reissuing it.
I ultimately became a collector of children's fairytale books and art and created a lifetime in the arts because of books such as this one. Most highly and enthusiastically recommended!