Monthly Archives: December 2014

It’s behind you! Week Four: Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

The last of my festive posts about stories that have been turned into pantomimes. I remember going to see Peter Pan when I was a child. I think Anita Harris played Peter.

Peter Pan the character first appeared in The Little White Bird, a novel by JM Barrie published in 1902. Peter was a baby in this story, not the young boy of the later play.

Peter Pan

From The Little White Bird
Illustrated by Jean Winslow

Peter Pan

From The Little White Bird
Illustrated by Jean Winslow

The story we all think of as ‘Peter Pan’ was first a 1904 stage play called Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The story was then expanded into the 1911 novel Peter Pan and Wendy.

The following two illustrations are from my copy of The Story of Peter Pan retold by Daniel O’Connor from the Fairy Play by Sir JM Barrie published in 1917 by G Bell and Sons. The book was given to my nana in 1922 and she gave it to me when I was a baby. Sadly the book was slightly damaged in a water escape a few years ago.

Here’s Peter and Wendy

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

The children meet the mermaids

Peter Pan

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

In 1953 the Disney version of Peter Pan was released. This really cemented the ‘look’ of Peter with his green tunic and tights, feathered cap and pixie features.

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

And finally here are a couple of the glorious illustrations by Anne Grahame Johnstone for her 1988 version of Peter Pan and Wendy.

Tinker Bell illustration

Tinker Bell

Captain Hook illustration

Captain Hook

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It’s behind you! Week Three: Cinderella

The third in my series of stories that inspire pantomimes. This week we have Cinderella.

Cinderella enslaved by her wicked stepmother…

Cinderella images

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

You shall go to the ball…

Cinderella images

From a colouring book version published by Treasure Hour Children’s Books – Unknown illustrator

Cinderella images

Unknown illustrator from the Bridget Hadaway fairy tales book

Cinderella images

Unknown illustrator

Mystery princess dances with the Prince all night…

Cinderella images

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

Cinderella images

By Gordon Laite

Cinderella

Disney illustrations adapted by Retta Scott Worcester

When the clock strikes midnight…

Cinderella images

By Gordon Laite

If the shoe fits…

Cinderella images

Disney illustrations adapted by Retta Scott Worcester

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The Pogles: Pippin Fishing 1967

Ah, Pogles’ Wood! A wonderful late 1960s BBC children’s TV series by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. This tie-in book was published by Hamlyn in 1967 and is illustrated with a mix of stills from the TV series and drawings by Peter Firmin. (Firmin also created the puppets.)

In this story it’s Mrs Pogle’s birthday and Mr Pogle sends Pippin and Tog out to find something to make the filling for a birthday pie. When they spot a boy fishing they decide they’ll catch a fish to make a fish pie. As you’d expect though, things don’t go entirely to plan…

Pogles' Wood

Pogles' Wood

Drawings by Peter Firmin

Pogles' Wood

Pippin and Tog

Pogles' Wood

Pippin and Tog puppets from the TV series

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Ladybird Book: Ballet 1969

Ladybird Book Ballet

There is something very lovely about finding a favourite childhood book again. Turning the pages and turning back time just for a moment.

The other day I found a box of Ladybird books in a charity shop. Most of them were modern(ish), but I found four old ones – and all for 50p each. I definitely had this one when I was a child – I was ballet mad for while until I realised that there was no way I’d ever be good enough! This was first published in 1969 – series 662 – by Ian Woodward and illustrations by Martin Aitchison.

The book begins with a brief history of ballet and moves on to ballet language, mime, costumes, makeup, what to expect as a ballet student, etc. This spread is about dancing sur les pointes and how to look after and prepare ballet shoes.

Ladybird Book Ballet

Ballet shoes

The endpapers show some ballet steps and movements.

Ladybird Book Ballet

Endpapers

There are fourteen pages of ballet synopses at the end.

Ladybird Book Ballet

Ballet synopses

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It’s behind you! Week Two: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The second in my festive pantomime-themed posts.

Once upon a time there was a queen who wished for a child…

Snow White vintage illustration

From Bridget Hadaway fairy stories

Who’s the fairest of them all…?

Snow White vintage illustration

Unknown illustrator

The huntsman left Snow White in the forest…

Snow White vintage illustration

By Hilda Boswell

Snow White vintage illustration

Disney illustrations adapted by Campbell Grant

Snow White meets the seven dwarfs…

Snow White vintage illustration

From Treasury of Literature illustrated by William Sharp

Snow White vintage illustration

Unknown illustrator

The poisoned apple…

Snow White vintage illustration

Disney illustrations adapted by Campbell Grant

Snow White vintage illustration

By Hilda Boswell

A glass coffin and a lonely vigil…

Snow White vintage illustration

Unknown illustrator

Happily ever after…

Snow White vintage illustration

From Bridget Hadaway fairy stories

Snow White vintage illustration

From Treasury of Literature illustrated by William Sharp

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It’s behind you! Week One: Aladdin

As it’s Christmas and panto season I thought this month I’d do a weekly post covering vintage illustrations for classic pantomime stories.

So first up – Aladdin.

Here’s Mickey Mouse as Aladdin on the cover of the 1974 Disney annual.

Disneyland Annual 1974

Disneyland Annual 1974

Illustration from Aladdin

From Tales of Long Ago by Enid Blyton Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

This book has no illustrator credits. It was first published by Octopus Books Ltd, 1974.

Aladdin from Fairy Tales Book

Cover of Fairy Tales retold by Bridget Hadaway

Aladdin illustration

Inside illustration from Fairy Tales retold by Bridget Hadaway

This is from the Children’s Treasury of Literature in Colour that I wrote about here

Aladdin Illustration

Illustration by Lowell Hess

And another from the Grahame Johnstone sisters.

Aladdin illustration

From Dean’s Gift Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

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