303C: Beauty and the Beast fiction anthology

I’m hunting down a fiction anthology that involved “Beauty and the Beast” riffs. One of the riffs involved a perfect couple (I think New Yorkers) with a perfect life–and the wife was slowly beginning to think that her beautiful, flawless, successful, doting husband had a terrible double life as a beast in a city reeling from a series of bloody, violent attacks. I’m fairly sure it was published in softcover in the late 1980s to mid 1990s. One detail that really stands out to me is that when the husband came home late one night, the wife noticed a drop of blood on his cheek and realized that he was the beast–which left her in a whole bunch of serious dilemmas, most of which were left as cliffhangers. This was only one of many stories in the book, but it really left an impression. If I recall correctly, most of the writers in the anthology were women. I was way into Sheri S. Tepper and other female authors at the time, if that helps, but I don’t think it was her story collection “Beauty.” I hope you can find it! Thanks ūüôā

302I: The title has stone in it

I’ve been trying to find this book forever now and haven’t been able to find anything close.¬† I’m pretty sure the title has stone in it. The story follows a young boy on an adventure with a girl named Meg, I think there was a hobby horse that could talk. It starts in the boys house where he lives with his sister or step sister who uses him as a housekeeper.¬† He meets some brownies when sees them at the milk bowl left out for the cat.¬† There may be an older male character that goes on the adventure as well.¬† Fairy tales or myths are discovered to be real as the adventure unfolds. I think they have to hide in a well from hunting dogs at one point. The dogs are part of some legendary/mythical hunting party.

299M: Like brightly colored Hummel characters

I’m looking for a children’s book that was a collection of fairy tales or stories. ¬†My father brought it home to me around the mid 1980’s from one of his trips abroad. ¬†The book was written in English, largish font, and beautifully illustrated. ¬†The pictures stand out the most in my memory, reminding me of brightly colored Hummel characters. ¬†I believe the front cover had a boy and girl on a wagon. ¬†The stories were unique, I’ve never read them anywhere else. ¬†The only bits I can recall is that one story was about a princess or young girl who was picking peaches and either in the same story or a completely different one there were elves or fairies picking leaves of gold and they had to wear special sunglasses to do so. ¬†It was either leaves or apples of gold.

I hope what little information I was able to provide will help you in figuring out what book this was!


299J: An Illustrated Cinderella

I’m searching for information on an illustrated version of Cinderella that I had when I was growing up in the 1990s and early 2000s.¬† It was a small book, maybe 3 or 4 inches in height, hardcover.¬† Here are the details I can remember:

-I think the cover’s background was black.

-The scene at the ball is illustrated with the two stepsisters wearing black beauty marks on their faces, I think in the shape of a heart and a star.

-Some of the pages had borders around them, maybe vines and glass slippers?

-It was a colored line drawing style– fanciful, but not cartoon-ish.

298R: Late 1970/ early 1980s fairy tale book with 12 Dancing Princesses

I checked in the fairy tales page but didn’t find my book amongst the ones listed. I am looking for a child’s fairy tale book that was probably published in the late 1970s or early 80s and possibly in Canada as my parents lived in the Niagara Falls area and it may have been purchased in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The book was oversized and probably around 100 pages with a pale bluish cover and contained many tales including The Nightingale and I think the very last story was the 12 Dancing Princesses. It was heavily illustrated with beautiful colour illustrations that had a very “silky” look to clothing and hair of the characters. I’m pretty sure it was a generic title such as Fairy Tales or maybe World’s Best Fairy Tales ¬†and it is NOT the Reader’s Digest book from that era. I think there may have been a prince and princess on the front cover and there was a round vignette illustration on the back of scenery I believe.¬† Any help would be appreciated!

289M: A collection of fairy tales and legends

The book I am searching for is an anthology of stories that include fairy tales and legends such as Tales of Robin Hood which covers his death, The Waterbabies, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and Longshanks, Girth and Keen, I think even Aladdin, to name a few. It was at least 8×12 red and probably from the late 50’s or before, it had fallen apart by the 60’s. The collection was eclectic to be sure but it obsesses me. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

289H: Not the traditional stories

Hello! I’m trying to find a children’s book collection of chapter books from the early 1980’s. Probably 3rd/4th grade level. I recall at least 5 books in a boxed set, which I received in 1982.

Definitely fairy tales, but not the traditional stories that everyone knows.

There were a number of stories with different characters. Pixies, fairies, wood sprites, a Dodo bird, etc. There were some illustrations, but I think it was mostly at the beginning of each chapter.

283A: Boxed set of illustrated fairy tales (Solved)

I am looking for a boxed set of wonderfully illustrated fairy tales from the 1970s.

This was given to me in 1974 or 1975 by my grandparents.

The books were huge, maybe 11×14,¬†and contained 3-4 stories in each. The set must have had at least 10-12 books. They were covered in a hard cloth-cardboard,¬†thin, no more than a half-inch thick, and in pastel colors of blue, pink, yellow, orange.

There was a distinctive,¬†oblong¬†sun logo or emblem on each book¬†but not sure if that was the publisher’s. They may have been from Reader’s Digest or Random House. I think they were mail order.

The stories I remember were Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina (this was my favorite because of a sweet picture of Thumbelina nursing the Bird), The Brave Tin Soldier though there were many, many more. I think it was a mix of authors, not just one.

The last time I had the set was in 1992 in Ithaca, NY.