The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book – Containing the Sleeping Beauty, Blue Beard, the Baby’s Own Alphabet – Illustrated by Walter Crane


The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book – Illustrated by Walter Crane

This wonderfully illustrated collection of fairy tales and rhymes, The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book is one of the celebrated ‘Toy Books’ produced by Walter Crane and Edmund Evans. Through a series of colour illustrations and integrated text, it will delight readers both young and old with such tales as ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Baby’s Own Alphabet’ and ‘Bluebeard’.

Walter Crane (1845 – 1915), was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific, children’s book creator of his generation. Alongside such names as Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, he was also one of the strongest contributors to the child’s nursery theme. Crane’s work is characteristically colourful and delightfully detailed, taking its inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement (of which he was a member), as well as the iconic child-in-the-garden motif. The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book is a fantastic example of his art. Appearing alongside the text, Walter Crane’s illustrations further refine and elucidate Hawthorne’s enchanting storytelling.


With works such as The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book, Pook Press celebrates the great Golden Age of Illustration in children’s literature – a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration from the 1880s to the 1930s.
Our collection showcases classic fairy tales, children’s stories, and the work of some of the most celebrated artists, illustrators and authors.
We publish rare and vintage Golden Age illustrated books, in high-quality colour editions, so that the masterful artwork and story-telling can continue to delight both young and old.
On this website, you can find out about some of our best-selling authors, illustrators, and stories. We also have a full bookshop, an introduction to the Golden Age of Illustration, and a history of the fairy tale itself.

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