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My main interest is to show the progression of the illustration styles over time. For that reason, I have sorted by the copyright date of the interior illustrations in the copy displayed, not by the number assigned the title. The number below each book indicates the number first given to that title. Further information about which printing or edition is shown, or details about changes made, are noted as known.

For a list of my books in order by the number assigned to the title, click here.

Click on image to see sample pages, as well as further information on selected books.

1942


#1


#2


#3


#4

Three Little
Kittens

Illustrated by
 Masha

c. 1942
Western Publishing Co.
1959 Ed. (#381), 
GG Printing, 24 pages
(Original 1942 edition
 was 42 pages)


Bedtime Stories 
Illustrated by
Gustaf Tenggren

c. 1942
Artists & 
Writers Guild, Inc/
Simon & Schuster
 8th printing, 1945, 
blue spine, 42 pages


The Alphabet 
From A to Z  
by Leah Gale
Illustrated by
Vivienne Blake

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster
1st, K printing (1948), 
blue spine, 42 pages

 

Mother Goose  
Selected by Phyllis
Illustrated by
Miss Elliot

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster
R printing (1949)
gold paper spine,
 42 pages

 


#5


#6
  


#7


#8

Prayers for Children   
Illustrated by
Rachel Taft Dixon

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster
1st ed., N printing (1949)
Gold paper spine, 42 pages


The Little
Red Hen

Illustrated by Rudolf

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster
1st edition, 6th Printing
Blue spine, 42 pages

 

Nursery Songs 
Arranged by Leah Gale
Illustrated by
Corinne Malvern

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster
11th printing (1948)
2nd cover, blue spine,
42 pages


The Poky Little Puppy 
by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Illustrated by
Gustaf Tenggren

c. 1942
Artists &Writers Guild/ Simon & Schuster
 6th printing April, 1944
blue spine, 42 pages

 


#8


#10

#12

The Poky Little Puppy 
by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Illustrated by
Gustaf Tenggren

c.1942
Western Publishing Co.
1963 edition, G Printing, 
24 pages (Original 1942 edition  was 42 pages.) 


My First Book 
Illustrated
by Bob Smith

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster
"P" (1949), 42 pages
Gold paper spine



This Little Piggy
and other
Counting Rhymes
 
Selected by Phyllis Fraser
Illustrated by
Roberta Paflin

c. 1942
Simon and Schuster /
Artists & Writers Guild
6th printing, Jan. 1945 
blue spine,  42 pages

1943-45


#13


#14


#15


#15

The Golden Book
of Birds 

by Hazel Lockwood
Illustrated by
Feodor Rojankovsky

c. 1943
Simon and Schuster
1st ed., E printing, 42 pages

 

Nursery Tales
Illustrated by Masha

c. 1943
Simon and Schuster
H printing, gold paper
spine,  42 pages



 

The Lively
 Little Rabbit

by Ariane
Illustrated by
Gustaf Tenggren

c.1943
Simon and Schuster
M Printing, 1950 
gold paper spine, 42 pages

 

The Lively 
Little Rabbit
by Ariane
Illustrated by
Gustaf Tenggren

c.1943
Western Publishing
29th printing, 1982
 #201-44),
foil spine, 24 pages



#18


#19


#17


#22

A Day
In the Jungle
by Janet Sebring Lowrey
Pictures by Tibor Gergely

c. 1943
I Printing, 42 pages
Gold paper spine

 

 

My First Book
of Bible Stories

by Mary Ann Walton
Illus. by Emmy Ferand 

c. 1943
Artists and Writers Guild/
Simon and Schuster
1st, Blue spine, 42 pages

 

 

Hansel and Gretel
by Jacob and 
William Grimm
Interior illustrations
 by Erika Weihs

c. 1945 (interior)
(1953 cover
by Eloise Wilkin)
Simon and Schuster
H Printing (1953), 28 pages

 

Toys
by Edith Osswald
Illustrated by Masha

c. 1945
Simon and Schuster
 I printing, 42 pages

 

 

 

1946


#9


#21


#23


#24

The First Little 
Golden Book of
Fairy Tales

Illustrated by
Getrude Elliot

c.1946
Simon and Schuster
D printing, 42 pages

 

Tootle
Story 
by Gertrude Crampton
Pictures by
Tibor Gergely

c.1946
Simon and Schuster
H Printing, 42 pages 


The Shy Little Kitten
Pictures
 by Gustaf Tenggren
Story by 
Cathleen Schurr

c. 1946
Simon and Schuster
1st edition, A printing, 
blue spine, 42 pages

 

The New House
in the Forest
by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Pictures by Eloise Wilkin

c. 1946
Simon and Schuster
blue spine, 42 pages



#25


#26


#30


#D5

The Taxi That Hurried 
by Lucy Sprague Mitchell,
Irma Simonton Black,
 and Jessie Stanton
Pictures by
Tibor Gergely

c. 1946 
Golden Press
M Printing (1963), 

 

 

Christmas Carols
Arranged by Marjorie Wyckoff
Pictures by Corinne Malvern

c. 1946
Golden Press
L printing, (2nd cover)
24 pages


 

Scuffy the Tugboat 
and His Adventures
Down the River
by Gertrude Crampton
Pictures by
Tibor Gergely

c. 1946
Western Publishing Co.
1955 Edition, renewed 1974
 27th printing 1981 (#305-31)
24 pages

 

Peter and the Wolf
Pictures by Richard Kelsey 
for Walt Disney Studio

c. 1946, 1947 
Walt Disney Productions
3rd printing, 1977
  24 pages Original had different
 cover, 42 pages

 


1947

 
#28


#29


#34


#36

Chip Chip
by Norman Wright
with Pictures 
by Nino Carbe

c. 1947
Simon and Schuster
First Edition, C Printing. 
42 pages




Noises and
Mr. Flibberty-Jib
by Gertrude Crampton
Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

c. 1947
Simon and Schuster
D printing, 42 pages
Gold paper spine

 

 

The Little Golden
Book of Hymns
Collected by 
Elsa Jane Werner
Illustrated by 
Corinne Malvern

c. 1947
Simon and Schuster
E Printing (1949)
Gold paper spine, 28 pages

 

The Saggy Baggy
Elephant

by K.& B. Jackson
Illus.  by Gustaf Tenggren

c.1947
Golden Press
1959 edit. (# 385),
24 pages, 
26th printing, 1978



#38


#39


#89


#D3

The Little Golden 
Book of Poetry
Illus.  by Corinne Malvern

c.1947
Simon & Schuster
 E edition, 28 pages

 

 

Animal Babies
Story by Kathryn and
Byron Jackson
Pictures by Adele Werber

c. 1947
Simon and Schuster
G Printing, 42 pages
Gold Paper spine

 

 

The Big
Brown Bear

by Georges Duplaix
Illus. by Gustaf Tenggren

c. 1947
Western Publishing Co.
Renewed 1975, 24 pages
(Original 1947 edition
had a different cover 
and was 42 pages)

Walt Disney's 
Dumbo
Illustrated by
the Walt Disnney Studio

c.1947
( 1952 cover)
Walt Disney Productions
1979 edit., Z printing, 
24 pages


1948


#37


#41


#42


#43


#45

A Year on the Farm
by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
lllustrated by
Richard Floethe  

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
A printing, 42 pages

 

The New Baby
by Ruth and Harold Shane Illustrated by
Eloise Wilkin

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
A Printing, 42 pages
(See also 1975 edition 
with updated illustrations 
by same illustrator)

Little Red
Riding Hood

Told and Illustrated
 by Elizabeth Orton Jones

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
F Edition  28 pages
(A edition was 42 pages)

 

Little Pond 
in the Woods
by Muriel Ward
Illustrated by
Tibor Gergely

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
A printing, 42 pages 

 

Little Golden Book
 of Words

by Selma Lola Chambers
Illustrated by
Gertrude Elliot

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
B Printing, 42 pages

 


#46


#47


#48


#49

The Golden 
Sleepy Book
by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by
Garth Williams

c.1948
Simon and Schuster
First edition, A printing, 42 pages

 

The Three Bears
Illustrated by
F. Rojankovsky

c. 1948
Western Publishing
Later edition (#307-48), 
24 page

 

A Year in the City
by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Pictures by Tibor Gergely

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
A printing, 42 pages

 

 

Mr. Noah
and His Family
by Jane Werner
Pictures by Alice and
 Martin Provensen

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
D printing

 


#50


#52   


#53


#54

Busy Timmy
by Kathryn/Byron Jackson
Pictures by
Eloise Wilkin

c. 1948
Western Publishing Company
9th printing, 1975,
24 pages

 

Little Peewee
by Dorothy Kunhardt
Pictures 
by J.P. Miller

c.1948 
Simon and Schuster
c1934 (as Now Open the Box)
F printing, 42 pages


Up in the Attic
A Story ABC
by Hilda K. Williams
Pictures by
Corinne Malvern 

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
A Printing, 42 pages
Gold paper spine

 

Baby's Mother Goose
Pat-a-cake

Illustrations
by Aurelius Battaglia

c. 1948
Golden Press
1960 edition (D printing), 
24 pages


#55


#55/200-57


#56


#64

A Name for Kitty
by Phyllis Mc Ginley
Feodor Rojankovsky

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
A printing, 42 pages


Kitty on the Farm
(Formerly A Name for Kitty) by Phyllis Mc Ginley
Feodor Rojankovsky

c. 1948
Western Publishing
1989 edition,  c printing


Our Puppy
by Elsa Ruth Nast
Illustrations
by Feodor Rojankovsky

c. 1948
Simon and Schuster
D edition, 28 pages

 

Five Little Firemen
Margaret Wise Brown and
Edith Thacher Hurd
Pictures by Tibor Gergley

c.1948
Simon and Schuster
B printing, 24 pages

 


#300-54


#D4


#D7


#D10

Coming Soon
Old Mother Goose and
 Other Nursery Rhymes
Illustrated  by 
Alice and Martin Provensen
(Selected Illustrations from 1948 book "Giant Golden Mother Goose")

c. 1948 (illust.)
Western Publishing Co.
1988 First edition, 24 pages

Snow White 
and the Seven Dwarfs  
Illus. by Walt Disney Studios

c. 1948, 1937
Walt Disney Productions
1979 edition (#103-2)
50th printing, 1980, 
24 pages


Bambi
Based on original story
 by Felix Salten
Illustrated by
Walt Disney Studios

c. 1948/1941
Western Publishing Co.
1965 edition (#D90), 37th printing 1974, 24 pages

 

Three Little Pigs
Illustrated by
Walt Disney Studio

c. 1948
Western Publishing Co.
1953 edit., EE printing (#106-43), 24 pages
(Original 1948 edition was 42 pages


1949


#20


#58


#60


#62

The Night Before Christmas
by Clement C. Moore (1822)
Illustrated by
Corinne Malvern

c. 1949
Western Publishing Co.
31st Printing, 1976, 
24 pages

 

What Am I?
A Picture Quiz Book
by Ruth Leon
Illustrations by
Cornelius DeWitt

c.1949
Simon and Schuster
C printing, 28 pages

 

Guess Who Lives Here
By Louise Woodcock
Pictures by
Eloise Wilkin

c.1949
Simon and Schuster
C Printing, 42 pages

 

We Like to Do Things
by Walter M. Mason
Pictures by
Steffie Lerch

c. 1949
Simon and Schuster
C printing, 42 pages



#68


#72


#75


#78

Little Galoshes
by Kathryn/Byron Jackson
Pictures by
 J. P. Miller

c. 1949
Simon and Schuster
A printing, 42 pages

 

 

Bugs Bunny
Pictures by
Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
Adapted by 
Tom McKimson and 
Al Dempster

c. 1949
Simon and Schuster
C printing, 42 pages

 

Katie the Kitten
by Kathryn and 
Byron Jackson
Pictures by Alice and
Martin Provensen

c. 1949
Simon and Schuster
C printing, 42 pages
Gold paper spine


NEW 
The Fuzzy Duckling
by Jane Werner
Pictures by Alice 
and Martin Provensen

c. 1949
Golden Press
15th edition, 1979, # 482-1
24 pages




#81


#83


#86


#D36

Duck and His Friends
by K. and B. Jackson
Pictures by
Richard Scarry

c. 1949
Western Publishing
5th printing, 1973, 24 pages

 

How Big?
Story and Pictures
by Corinne Malvern

c1949
Golden Press
5th Printing, 1972, 
24 pages, 2nd cover
(original edition in 1949
was 28 pages)

 

The Color Kittens
by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated 
by Alice and Martin Provensen

c. 1949 
Simon and Schuster
A printing, 28 pages


 

Mother Goose
Illustrated by
the Walt Disney Studio
Adapted 
by Al Dempster

c. 1949
Western Publishing Co.
1952 edition, F printing (#106-55),
cover background changed colors, 
24 pages 

 

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