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Classic Fairy Tales

Classic Fairy Tales

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by Scott Gustafson (Illustrator)

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A lavishly illustrated, enchanting collection of 10 of the best-loved fairy tales, chosen and edited by the artist, who spent more than four years creating the seventy-five oil paintings, reproduced here in full color. Belongs on every child's bookshelf.



A lavishly illustrated, enchanting collection of 10 of the best-loved fairy tales, chosen and edited by the artist, who spent more than four years creating the seventy-five oil paintings, reproduced here in full color. Belongs on every child's bookshelf.


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Children's Literature
This oversized, lavishly produced collection includes ten well-loved fairy tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Tom Thumb, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and the Three Little Pigs. Gustafson explains in an illustrator's note that the book's seventy-five paintings were over a decade in the making, with some of the "largest and most complex paintings" taking "up to three months to complete." The result is a visual feast of rich and detailed splendor: Goldilocks sleepily stretching in the little bear's bed, surrounded by the astonished (and well-dressed) bear family; a shy Red Riding Hood, clutching her small bouquet of wild flowers, about to be gobbled by a most convincing wolf, luxuriating under Grandmother's hand-stitched quilt; Snow White presiding over the elaborately carved cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. No attribution of any kind is provided for the text, however, presumably taken from common-domain retellings—but which ones? from which sources? While the stories for the most part are told in a familiar, classic style, every once in a while there is some jarring addition, as when the frog prince snuggles down next to the princess on her silken bed, and asks her, "Don't you love sleepovers?" One would have liked to have seen the words of these beloved tales presented with some of the evident care lovingly bestowed upon the illustrations. 2003, Greenwich Workshop Press, Ages all.
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 6-Gustafson has selected 10 of the best-known tales to retell and illustrate: "Goldilocks," "Puss in Boots," "Hansel and Gretel," "Snow White," and the like. His luminous paintings-from spot art to full spreads-are carefully composed and rendered. The facial expressions and postures of humans and animals alike are full of life. The language of the retellings is adequate, but not inspired. All in all, this handsome, oversized volume is a good addition to libraries that need to replace or supplement their fairy-tale collections.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
2003 Chesley Award for Book Illustration

Product Details

Greenwich Workshop Press
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Product dimensions:
10.88(w) x 12.31(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Scott Gustafson is the award-winning author and illustrator of Artisan’s Classic Fairy Tales, Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, and Classic Bedtime Stories, as well as an illustrated novel for young readers entitled Eddie: The Last Youth of Edgar Allen Poe and many other illustrated children’s books. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.

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Classic Fairy Tales 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
tommylid2011 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations but poor story editing.  Reads like a mash-up of several  versions poorly mixed together.  Clunky narrative, characters introduced at the end of stories without set-up, just...UGH!  Avoid the pull of the pretty pictures and  find a fairy tale book with well-written fairy tales!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this at my baby shower three years ago and read it to my daughter from about two months til about seven months when it was time to pull out the board books. Then we started reading The Three Pigs and Goldilocks around age two. To begin, we just looked at the pictures, then I read parts of the story, and slowly she wante more. Now she likes to listen to portions of Hansel and Gretel and Snow White. It's such a beautiful book and has so many of the classics. It even helped me remember some of the plots when the new tv show, Once Upon A Time came on this fall!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is an excellent collection of fairy tales that every child should enjoy. The illustrations on the cover and inside make it a special book for young children to own and be entertained each time it is opened. The only negative is that the stories don't always have some of the traditional elements expected and use different vocabulary choices than what is commonly used in the usual renditions. Regardless, the book is a favorite of our 5-year-old grandaughter who must have different stories read to her each time she visits.
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POTTERHARRY More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book at first glance. It is a nice and large book and has the most beautiful illustrations. Scott Gustafson has done a superb job on the illustrations ! I would recommend it as a great and memorable addition to every home library and also great as a wonderful gift to children of all ages. It is a wonderful keepsake ! The fairy tales are all the ones which are best loved so it makes a good read aloud as well as bedtime storytime book ! Just lovely !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted my child's first book of fairy tales to be a special one, and this is it. The illustrations are incredible--many of them remind me of dutch masters. The light, the skin tones and the facial expressions in the illustrations are really beautiful, but there are frequent touches of whimsy as well. My almost-3-year-old is really enjoying the book and I'm enjoying reading it to him. Well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautiful collection of fairy tales I have seen. The illustrations by Scott Gustafson are lush and engaging. The details are so intricate and sometimes quite humorous. It is a real pleasure to browse through these lovely, jewel-like paintings. The text is also wonderful---the fairy tales are well-researched, respecting the origins of each tale. This is a must-have collection for any child's library.
nickj9478 More than 1 year ago