I have to confess that I don’t remember these, but they would have been around during my childhood. I’d like to think I would have seen some.
While I was pottering in a secondhand and bric-a-brac emporium in Hitchin today I came across this.
This is a story about Frou the hare, number 4 of Pére Castor’s Wild Animal Books, illustrated by Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky also known as Rojan.
There are more examples of his work here http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/aoi/r/roja/r.htm
The series was translated by Rose Fyleman and was published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd in the UK and by Flammarion in France. This book has no date, but Amazon are listing it as 1938.
There’s more on Pére Castor here http://www.answers.com/topic/pere-castor
This book is absolutely enchanting; a mix of non-fiction and a story of Frou the young hare from his early life (His father had been eaten up by a fox and his sister had been carried off by an owl!) to meeting Capucine, his girlfriend and their life together.
The story covers about a year in their lives. They have to hide from foxes and crows, the huntsmen and their dogs, a separation and a joyful reunion.
The lithographs by Rojan are just gorgeous – I shall be looking for more in the series.