Jack Kent's Book of Nursery Tales
Jack Kent ~ Random House, 1970
I've been coveting this book at one of my local used book haunts for at least six months. Looking longingly at its pages, all the while wishing it didn't have a big, fat $20 price tag on the cover.
I hated that price tag.
I wished it away secretly in my mind.
Evil price tag. Ugh.
Thank goodness, my private wishes didn't go unheard. Enter the after-Christmas markdown season and the appearance of a nice new $4.95 tag placed over top. She is mine! Life is good.By now you should all know that we are definitely a "crazy for Jack Kent" household. The shear size and awesomeness of this book immediately shot it to the top of the reading heap. Great little stories keeping true to their original tales. The Gingerbread Man. Chicken Little. The Little Red Hen. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I love reading The Three Little Pigs versions when two of the little pigs actually get eaten. As it should be, lazy little oinkers! Plus, it includes a story I'd never read before called The Husband Who Tried to Keep House about a man who thinks he works harder than his wife...There was a man so mean and cross that he never thought his wife did anything right in the house. He said he could do more work in a day than his wife could do in three.
...and the lessons he learns when they switch places for a day. Ha!
Possibly the best part are the end pages, where Kent maps his story land, not unlike the 1933 gem by Jarod Hess. (Those of you who read Design Mom might remember my sad story. I bought an original print of the poster in OK condition off of eBay for a friend's birthday for $15 not realizing I'd never be able to get another one for myself at that price. Oh well. At least I get an eyeball full of its vintage splendor when I go to her house, and maybe someday I'll splurge for a reproduction.) I love imagining a world where different storybook characters all live in harmony (or not) right down the road from each other. How cool would that be?
Jack Kent's Twelve Days of Christmas
I Was Walking Down the Road
The Grown-Up Day
The Fox and the Crow
The Biggest Shadow in the Zoo
The Animobile Book
Dooly and the Snortsnoot
Cindy Lou and the Witch's Dog
Jack Kent's Valentine Sticker Book
The Bremen-town Musicians
Just Only John
Fly Away Home
Piggy Bank Gonzales
Socks for Supper
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