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 Post subject: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of beauty
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Would anyone have some suggestions for good children's classics that have illustrations?

I read to my young son "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"; after coming across in CS Lewis's 'Surprised by Joy' how the beauty of the illustrations gave him one of his early senses of Joy. Which is fitting because it was in "The Magician's Nephew" where, a few years back, I was struck by an illustration by Pauline Baynes depicting Digory's mother being given the golden apple which would heal her (a gesture of mercy by Aslan which had me wishing I had one of those apples to give to my mother when she died unexpectedly in my youth).
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It's something how apprehending the simple beauty in a picture like that can make that moment feel like it somehow stretches out infinitely, or endow it with a sense of eternal significance (which I would image are characteristics of Joy).



But to the point: would anyone have any suggestions of classical children books that have illustrations?

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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Childcraft book series. Prior to a certain year. Others will have more specifics.

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Childcraft book series. Prior to a certain year. Others will have more specifics.


Orange covers, of course.

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GKC wrote:
Highlander wrote:
Childcraft book series. Prior to a certain year. Others will have more specifics.


Orange covers, of course.

Except for cover color, others will have specifics.

The first specific is blue.

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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Highlander wrote:
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Highlander wrote:
Childcraft book series. Prior to a certain year. Others will have more specifics.


Orange covers, of course.

Except for cover color, others will have specifics.

The first specific is blue.


As we say, orange.

And the interior artwork, black and white. Editions 1942, 1945, 1947 preferred. Esp. 1942. 1949 not acceptable. Fourteen volumes. Specifics complete. Enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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Interior artwork in color. Blue cover. 1949. The year of perfection.

Though I also have orange, 1947. I am tolerant.

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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On the above suggestions, one brilliant and the other tawdry, both, I believe were used to read to children nightly, or nearly, too many years ago. They were, and are, beloved. Ebay is a source. Do not ask to purchase mine.

I cannot recommend better. Even orange, if no alternative.

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Both the Little House series and the Wizard of Oz series have nice illustrations. The D'Aulaire's myths books are large format and illustrated in color, IIRC.

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Anything illustrated by Eric Kincaid or Donna Green. Kincaid illustrated RL Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses.

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Howard Pyle's Arthurian /Robin Hood books, or his original books (OTTO OF THE SILVER HAND, PEPPER AND SALT, THE WONDER CLOCK, MEN OF IRON). From long experience. I think they are all now in my daughter's library.

Grahame's WIND IN THE WILLOWS, with the Shepard illustrations. Ditto the Milne Christopher Robin books. I don't know what age group is the audience, but I still re-read these and other similar.

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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What he said.

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Highlander wrote:
What he said.


My 116th printing (from the early 1930s) of WINNIE-THE -POOH has an orange cover. My copy of a later printing (late 50s) of THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER has a blue cover.

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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GKC wrote:
Highlander wrote:
What he said.


My 116th printing (from the early 1930s) of WINNIE-THE -POOH has an orange cover. My copy of a later printing (late 50s) of THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER has a blue cover.


I'd read the 50's printing first. But would delve into the 30's.

And, you being you, how do you know when the volume(s) was printed? Is it the latest date on the copyright page? That is my assumption. But, often, there are other dates on the copyright page.

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 Post subject: Re: Illustrated classics for children... and the power of be
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Highlander wrote:
GKC wrote:
Highlander wrote:
What he said.


My 116th printing (from the early 1930s) of WINNIE-THE -POOH has an orange cover. My copy of a later printing (late 50s) of THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER has a blue cover.


I'd read the 50's printing first. But would delve into the 30's.

And, you being you, how do you know when the volume(s) was printed? Is it the latest date on the copyright page? That is my assumption. But, often, there are other dates on the copyright page.


In the case of W-T-P, there are a multitude of dates on the copyright page, in serial order, from the first printing to the latest. Which is in the 30s, but I would have to find the book to be specific. It belonged to a sightly older cousin. And is, technically, adrift in the local sea.

In the case of multiple dates showing, the custom is the latest is the date of the volume in hand.

Read the orange first. Or you will be reading as I read LOTR, retrograde.

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Ah, ha! I introduce another hue. And cry, "Put that in your pipe, and...." Nevermind.


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But to the OP. Charlotte's Web. Not so many illustrations, but good ones.

And Seuss. Young kids love Seuss.

Anything illustrated by Ivan Bilibin. Such as Russian Fairy Tales by Alexander Afanasyev. Pylish.

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Highlander wrote:
Ah, ha! I introduce another hue. And cry, "Put that in your pipe, and...." Nevermind.


NONONONONONONO.

You understand the concept of purification for political correctness, I'm sure.

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Usborne has some beautifully illustrated books. As an example https://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Stor ... 1409522237


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Thanks for all of the replies!

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The Tale of Little Skunk. Must be read dramatically. Loud, deep voice sometimes, and a few good roars.

We just got in St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges.

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