Undine is a water spirit, kind of mermaid. It's also a popular novella from the 19th century with interesting mythology, upon which several fairy tales were made.
H. J. Ford was one of the most successful and productive artists of his time. He was good at many things, but we can safely say he excelled at illustrations of books for kids.
Elenore Abbott was an extraordinary artist but today her legacy is undeservedly overshadowed. With this short biographical sketch we'll try to correct at least a bit of this unjustuce.
The best illustrator of children's books ever? Jesse Wilcox Smith (1863-1935) is by many considered as the most important creator of illustrations for children's books. Her work on Kingsley's Water Babies is sometimes...
We can't say for sure who was Aesop (or Esop), when or where he lived or even if he lived at all. But we can safely claim he never wrote any of his fables. Interesting? Read on!
The Story of Cinderella is probably the most universal on planet. It seems sooner or later we all can relate with her position in the fairy tale to some degree. Let's explore some possible reasons ...
The Story about the Beauty (sometimes called Belle) and the Beast is powerful story about love, jealousy and sacrifice. It offers many different interpretations and we'll explore some of them.
Fairy tale was officially born in France. This is also the place where many great artists created tons of superb works. Thus vintage French illustrators are definitely part of literary history.
Randolph Caldecott is the man who's name is used for the most prestigious awards for the illustrations of picture books. Enough for the heads up, when you hear the name of this illustrator?
The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a well known poem and story, based on the legend of Pied Piper with magic powers. Let's check its summary and explore the roots of the legend through analysis.
Although Johnny Gruelle is today known mostly as an author of stories about Raggedy Ann, he was a man of many talents. Are you interested in the background of this popular doll and her designer?
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin was famous illustrator and painter. As one of most popular graphic artists from the beginning of 20th century he also decorated churches, designed stage costumes and delivered lectures at the...
Harry Clarke was great illustrator with distinguished style, but his tru legacy lies in his work on stained glass. This is story about him and his works.
Jean de La Fontaine is today best known by collection his fables, whimsical adaptations of Aesop's fables. One of greatest masters of French language ever actually left much more to posterity.
Leslie Brooke was one of the most popular illustrators of his time. His picture books were in high demand and the character of Johnny Crow was a major hit among children and their parents.
Virginia Frances Sterrett was American illustrator of rare artistic talent. Unfortunately her health never allowed her to develop her own style to its full potential and she made only three books.
Germany gave many important artists to the world and here you can meet few of the most successful vintage illustrators from this country. Enjoy in public domain pictures!
When we talk about vintage children illustrations from Germany, Grimms' Fairy Tales are probably our first thought. Less known is fact most of first illustrators started as top class painters.
Walter Crane is among the most important illustrators ever. He believed illustration and text should blend in a unique design, where every single detail counts. Here is his bio with many examples.
H. C. Andersen is probably the best writer of fairy tales for kids ever. Less known is fact that characters of his stories are often based on real people and events.
Anne Anderson was Scottish illustrator with tremendous achievements as artist and illustrator of picture books. Her biography is inseparable from her work, which is interleaved with Allan Wright's.
The Sleeping Beauty is to most people known only by Disney adaptation, but this story has actually an impressive history. Let's explore it together!
Arabian Nights (or 1001 Nights, as they are more known in non-English speaking countries) inspire children and adults for many generations. Part of its charm comes from its interesting history.
"Puss in Boots" is a famous fairytale, but its moral is pretty questionable. The title character achieves everything through trickery and his masters become rich doing nothing.
Wolf and seven kids is more than just a classic fairy tale. I'll use it as an example of a legend based on explanation of natural occurence, which may lead to the very first fairy tales
Storytelling is one of the oldest characteristics by which humans differ from other living beings. We don't tell stories for obvious benefits only, it looks we need them for pure pleasure!
Oscar Wilde earned very special place in literature thanks to his wittiness, and inclination to excessive behavior. He actually induced scandals to become famous much before he wrote his masterpieces.
Hansel and Gretchen (or Gretel) is well known story with very rich smbolism and several possible interpretations. Let's summarize it and check some of its deeper truths.
Arthur Rackham is very likely the most influential illustrator of 20th century and his works are today among the most collectible ones. Please enter very special imaginary worlds created by his style.
Rapunzel is a story about a girl with long hair, who was locked in the tower. Here the original and Disney version split. Rapunzel by brother Grimm was actually much different than Tangled by Disney.
Red Riding Hood is one of the classic fairy tales. Everybody knows it. Less known is powerful symbolism behind the story. Let's explore it through short summary!
Goldilocks (often with three bears) seems like a simple story for children, but it has pretty interesting history and many surprising variations.
Charles Perrault is today known as the father of very special literary genre: fairy tales. Less known is he was actually a bureaucrat and wrote all of his fairy tales only few years before death.
Frog King (or Prince, depending on the translation) is a popular fairy tale and part of modern culture (Think about 'Kiss the Frog!'), which offers many surprisingly deep life lessons.
Before H. C. Andersen stories for children were mainly built on cause-consequence structure, but he included a lot of emotions and very sophisticated humor with many biographical elements.
Writing fairy tales is easy if you follow simple step-by-step plan. As internationally published author with numerous rewards I can tell you how to write a fairy tale, but an inspiration is up to you.
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