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Aesop's Fables : A Classic Illustrated Edition
Aesop's Fables:
A Classic Illustrated Edition

A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales
Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales by
Marie-Louise von Franz

The Uses of Enchantment: Meaning & Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
The Uses of Enchantment: Meaning & Importance
of Fairy Tales
by Bruno Bettelheim

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Children's Literature Posters
illustrations of fables, fairy tales and nursery rhymes for classrooms, homes and tutor's studio.

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Children's Literature education posters illustrate fables, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes.

Folklore is the oral and narrative traditions of a culture and includes proverbs, jokes, and tales. The study of folklore can identify religious and mythic elements that help recognize the interconnectedness between what otherwise appear to be total separate societies.

Nursery rhymes are traditional songs or poems taught to young children to instill skills such as counting or associating a sound with an animal.

Aesop's Fables Poster
Aesop Fables

Aesop's Fables-
(ca. 620 - 560 BC)

Aesop's Fables are short stories using personified animals to tell a cautionary tale, a moral lesson, a rule of behavior. Over 200 fables have been attributed to Aesop, who was possibly a Greek slave of African descent c. 600 BC. The word Aesop means Ethiop in Ancient Greek.

Aesop quotes ~
• “Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.”
• “Any excuse will serve a tyrant.”
• “Appearances are often deceiving.”
• “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.”
• “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ”
• “Familiarity breeds contempt.”
• “Example is the best precept.”

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The Fairy Tales of Madame D'Aulnoy
The Fairy Tales of
Madame D'Aulnoy

Madame D'Aulnoy (1650-1705), also known as Countess d'Aulnoy, is remembered for originating the term contes de fées, fairy tales, that is now generally used for the genre.

Mother Goose Photographic Print
Mother Goose
Photographic Print

“Mother Goose” is an archetypal country woman who fusses over her charges and instructs them with fantastic tales. Mother Goose is first mentioned in 1660 by Charles Perrault.

Illustrations of Fairy Stories, the Majority of Charles Perrault, Giclee Print
Illustrations of Fairy Stories, the Majority
of Charles Perrault,
Giclee Print

Charles Perrault, in adapting early folk tales, laid the foundations for the fairy tale genre in a book subtitled “Tales of Mother Goose”. Perrault's works include Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and Bluebeard.

'Struwwelpeter' by Heinrich Hoffmann, Illustration by Pierre L'Ebouriffe for the French translation, Giclee Print
Giclee Print

Struwwelpeter, or Slovenly Peter, was a popular children's book written by psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann, a father wanting a picture book as a Christmas gift for his son. The “junk opera”, Shockheaded Peter, is based on Struwwelpeter.

Struwwelpeter in English Translation

“When the children have been good/ This, be it understood/ Good at meal-times, good at play/ Good all night and good all day–/ They shall have the pretty things/ Merry Christmas always brings.

Naughty, romping girls and boys/ Tear their clothes and make a noise,/ Spoil their pinafores and frocks, / And deserve no Christmas-book/ Such as these shall never look/ At this pretty Picture-book.”

Till Eulenspiegel Title Page of the Story of Jester Till from Germany
Till Eulenspiegel
Title Page of the
Story of Jester Till,
Giclee Print

Till Eulenspiegel was a trickster, or fool, from German folklore who played practical jokes.

Richard Strauss wrote a tone poem based on the “Merry Pranks” of Till Eulenspiegel.

Till Eulenspiegel: His Adventures (paperback)

The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson, Giclee Print - Jennie Harbour
The Little Mermaid,
Hans Christian Anderson,
Giclee Print

Jennie Harbour, illustrator

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, originally published in 1837 as a ballet, is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her aquatic life to become human and love a human prince.

There have been many adaptions of the story, for instance The Little Mermaid by Disney, and the movie Splash.

Cover of the Brothers Grimm, German Edition, 1865, Giclee Print
Cover of the Brothers Grimm, German Edition, 1865,
Giclee Print

Folklorists, the Grimm Brothers, published the first volume of their collection of tales, Children's and Household Tales (Kinder und Hausmärchen), in 1812. It consisted of 86 tales including Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and the Town Musicians of Bremen.

Grimms' Tales for Young and Old: The Complete Stories

The Witch Baba Yaga, Illustration from the Story of 'Vassilissa the Beautiful', Russian Folk Tale, Ivan Bilibin, Illustrator, 1902, Giclee Print
The Witch Baba Yaga
Giclee Print

Ivan Bilibin

The Witch Baba Yaga, the Story of ‘Vassilissa the Beautiful’

Baba Yaga is the wild old woman (Baba means grandmother), mistress of magic and a forest spirit. She flies about in a mortar, steering with a pestle - the imagary of putting together magic potions, and her house is built on chicken legs.

Compare the Baba Yaga with the witch of Hansel and Gretel, or the wicked stepmother of Cinderella.

Bilibin was an influential 20th-century Russian illustrator who was strongly inspired by Slavic folklore. He died during the siege of Leningrad in WWII.

Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Giclee Print, Alice B. Woodward
Peter Pan,
The Lost Boys,
Giclee Print,
Alice B. Woodward

Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up

J. M. Barrie, author and dramatist, is best remembered for inventing Peter Pan and popularizing the name “Wendy” for girls.

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Peter Rabbit Art Print
Peter Rabbit
Art Print

Peter Rabbit is an anthropomorphic character created by Beatrix Potter. Peter first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, and subsequently in five more books between 1904 and 1912.

Peter's mother is Mrs. Josephine Rabbit and his sisters are Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail.

FYI ~ Peter is the oldest licensed character, starting as a soft toy in 1903 and expanded to dishes and porcelain figurines.

Alice & Advice from a Caterpillar, Giclee Print, John Tenniel
Alice & Advice
from a Caterpillar,
Giclee Print

John Tenniel

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, was first told by mathematician and minister Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to the Liddell children on a 1862 river outing.

It was Alice Liddell who asked their father's friend to write the story down and it published using the pen name Lewis Carroll.

Lies & Other Tall Tales
Lies & Other Tall Tales

Zora Neale Hurston studied anthropology with Franz Boaz and collected materials related to the customs, traditional beliefs, legends, and sayings of the African American culture.

She evolved those studies into two collections of folktales, four novels, an autobiography, a stage play and a number of essays.

Dr. Seuss Word Families Poster
Dr. Seuss Word Families

Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Geisel) most famous books are Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

FYI ~ Geisel was challenged to use 250 words first-graders should recognize - he mananged 236 in The Cat in the Hat.

Cat in the Hat poster

The Little Prince Movie Poster
The Little Prince
Movie Poster

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Expurey, is a fantasy exploration of profound philosophical questions, disguised as a children's book.

Winnie The Pooh, Stand-Up
Winnie The Pooh,

Winnie-the-Pooh is an anthropomorphic bear first presented in a poem in 1924. A. A. Milne, the author, wrote short stories collected in The House at Pooh Corner (1926) and Now We Are Six (1927).

The name Winnie-the-Pooh is named after Milne's son stuffed bear, the character Christopher Robin is based on his son, Christopher Robin Milne.

FYI ~ The toy bear got its name from Winnie, a Canadian black bear in the London Zoo.

Winnie The Pooh, Stand-Up
Charlotte's Web
Movie Poster

Charlotte's Web is the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte.

E. B. White weaves a story of friendship by having Charlotte weave messages into her web that stop the slaughter Wilbur; in turn Wilbur protects Charlotte's eggs on her demise.

Goops and How to Be Them: A Manual of Manners for Polite Infants Inculcating Many Juvenile Virtues
Goops and How to Be Them:
A Manual of Manners for
Polite Infants Inculcating
Many Juvenile Virtues

Frank Gelett Burgess
b. 1-30-1866; Boston, MA
d. 9-18-1951

Artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist Gelett Burgess penned these famous words-
“I never saw a Purple Cow;
I never hope to See One;
But I can Tell you, Anyhow,
I'd rather See than Be One”

After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Burgess went of California and became an instructor in topographical drawing at Berkeley, cofounded The Lark magazine where The Purple Cow was published, founded Le Petit Journal des Refusées which was composed entirely of material rejected by other publishers and printed on scraps of wallpaper, and wrote a series of children's books about child-like creatures he called “The Goops”.

Burgess also was the first American to write about cubist art in the U.S., interviewing Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque; AND it seems he is attributed with coining the word “blurb”, meaning a short description of a book, film, or other product written for promotional purposes, in 1907.

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