Beauty and the Beast as Presented in Home Pantomime Toy Books

Beauty and the Beast by Richard Andre Beauty and the Beast is among the most recognizable fairy tales in the world. Immortal story by Madame Leprince Beaumont (being a rewriting itself) went through numerous adaptations aiming at a very di…

Calendar for 1896 by Eugene Grasset

Eugene Grasset was one of the most successful artist on the edge of the 19th and the 20th centry. This calendar is just one example of his skills. Eugene Samuel Grasset was born on May 25th, 1845, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He showed great …

The Piper of Hamelin - A Fantastic Opera in Two Acts by Robert Buchanan illustrated by Hugh Thomson

Most children today never heard about the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The story about the piper who saved the city of rats and, because he wasn't paid as expected, led all the kids out of town, is just too scary. A century ago publishers of boo…

Old Ben by James Otis and Sarah Noble Ives

Old Ben is the third and last one in the trilogy of the stories about Toby Tyler. The full title of the book is Old Ben, the friend of Toby Tyler and Mr. Stubbs Brother. The first book in the series, Toby Tyler, or, Ten Weeks with Circus, …

The Ant and the Grasshopper: What's the Real Moral of the Story?

The famous fable about the ant and the grasshopper is worldwide known for many centuries. It's moral is clear and ruthless. You should use the good times to prepare for bad times. Because bad things will happen. The grasshopper doesn't car…

The Story of Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld, in Pictures

Persephone (or Proserpina) belongs to Greek (Roman) mythology but is still deeply intertwined with modern society. Her name was, after all, used in popular movie trilogy Matrix and her story still echoes in one of the most popular fairy ta…

Do you ever feel like Cinderella?

The story of Cinderella is popular for several reasons. 1. Cinderella is nice. Everybody around her tries to exploit her, yet she stays cool until her big moment arrives. Everybody loves nice and cool people. 2. It's full of magic. We have…