297R: Big book of stories, almost like a telephone book

I am looking for a big book of stories I enjoyed as a child in the early to mid 1980s. It’s possible the book was published in either the 70s or 80s. It is NOT the typical hardcover collection of stories but rather a paperback, rather oversized book – almost like a telephone book with same type of “newspaper like” pages and black and white print. A distinctive feature is that it had pastel multicolored sections of pages inside. Each color represented a specific type of story like yellow for fairy tales, pink for animal stories, blue for classics adapted for kids, etc. The most specific story I remember is the 12 Dancing Princess who wore out their shoes. It had beautiful illustrations with ladies sporting the French pompadour style with ringlets hairdos and full ballroom dresses. I also have a vague memory of a cute little story featuring a ladybug and other various insects conversing with each other. We also had a similar type big book of jokes (featuring different types of jokes including Tom Swifties!) that I seem to remember having a mostly white cover; I always thought they were part of a series of big books but I could be wrong.

Thanks for any help.

2 thoughts on “297R: Big book of stories, almost like a telephone book

  1. I have also been searching for the same book. My aunt read it to me when I was very young (early 1980s). I remember the distinctive pastel colored pages. I think one of the stories was the Little Engine that Could. If you ever discover more information please contact me.

  2. I just randomly thought of this book and started searching tonight! I hope we can figure it out – I loved reading it at my grandma’s house!

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