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August 29, 2006 9:27 PM Subscribe
The neighbor girl borrowed my fairy tale book fifteen years ago. Help me get it back.
posted by changeling to media & arts (7 answers total)
Things seem larger when you're little. I remember it as a huge, hardcover book, perhaps 250 full-color pages. Each story was illustrated by a different artist, and its creative eclecticism had much to do with my desire to be an artist and a writer.
The dust jacket, I believe, was tan in color, and had an illustration from a story in which a bear in a trench coat? and his animal acquaintances thought the fragmented moon had fallen in the lake. Only a reflection, of course.
Other stories I remember: A spin on the Monkey's Paw, in which a cartoonish couple received three wishes, the second resulting in a sausage dangling from Hubby's nose. A version of Anderson's Wild Swans, a girl weaving sweaters of nettles for her brothers, realistic illustrations. A Chinese tale, involving a boy in a palace, a giant goblin rat, painted cat-guards and the mysterious maxim, "Avoid large places. Keep to small."
Ring a bell? Anyone? I've searched Amazon and Alibris over the years, but the term "Fairy Tales" is a bit broad. Thanks!