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edited by Alma Gilbert & illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-689-80300-1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A slim collection, subtitled ``A Treasury of Art and Children's Literature,'' of some of Parrish's full-color art, matched to abbreviated retellings of the tales for which they were created. The 34 reproductions vary wildly in quality: A few capture his sensuality and clear, golden light, but most are pale, flat, and muddy. In her first book, Gilbert has rewritten some classics, with dismal results: ``The Reluctant Dragon'' is reduced to a page and a half, ``The Frog King'' and ``Snow White'' are treacly paraphrases, and episodes from The Arabian Nights and A Wonder-Book And Tanglewood Tales are fleshless plot summaries. The author includes a brief biographical introduction and a personal memoir about the birth and growth of her fascination with Parrish; it's the only part of this with any value, and that minor. (Anthology. 10-15)