Snip, snap, snout, this tale's (almost) told out.
From Little Red Riding Hood, to Beauty and the Beast, to the Anansi tales of West African and Caribbean folklore, the exhibit celebrates enchanting folk and fairy tales found in the library's Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.
Little Red Riding-Hood Picture Book London: George Routledge, ca. 1865
The exhibit includes everything from rare luxury print editions to modest chapbooks, toys, pop-ups and original picture book art. These items help show the breadth and range of the Osborne Collection but also the many ways that these tales have been adapted, spoofed, re-mixed and re-invented over the last 300 years.
The Story of the Three Bears: Metrically Related: With Illustrations locating it at Cecil Lodge in September 1831, Eleanor Mure, 1798 or 1799-1885, England, ca. 1831
Did you know that the Osborne collection includes the earliest written example of the story of The Three Bears? You might not recognized the story's heroine...
Eleanor Mure created this handmade book as a gift for her four-year-old nephew. In Mure's version, it is a curious old woman who enters the bears' home uninvited. In later retellings, the old woman character becomes a little girl, named Silver Hair, Silver-Locks, Golden Hair or Goldilocks. You can see the manuscript on display in the exhibit and you can read the entire story on our Digital Archive.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Illustrated by C. Carey Cloud, b. 1899 and Harold B. Lentz, New York: Blue Ribbon Press, 1934. Gift of Jane Dobell.
After your visit to the TD Gallery, be sure to also stop by the collection's permanent home on the 4th floor of the Lillian H. Smith Branch. There you can see a complementary exhibit, The Snow Queen's Palace, dedicated to the original fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.