The Fairy Tales by Jan Pienkowski

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Jan Pienkowski’s exquisitely detailed illustrations decorate every page of this stunning fairy tale collection. His bewitching silhouettes and glowing marbleized backgrounds bring to life the enchanted worlds of four beloved stories—"Snow White," "Sleeping Beauty," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella." Each fairy tale has been translated and retold to reflect the original dark magic of the earliest versions of these classic works. And with special details like gold-edged pages, this lavishly produced volume is a perfect holiday gift for the whole family to treasure.

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Jan Pienkowski was born in Warsaw in 1936. During the war Pienkowski moved a lot, from Poland to Austria, Germany, Italy and finally to England in 1946. He went to The Cardinal Vaughan School in London and then to King's College, Cambridge, where he read Classics and Englishand became involved in stage design. Pienkowski co-founded the greetings card company, Gallery Five. He worked in advertising, publishing, and doing graphics for the BBC children's TV series Watch! In his spare time, he started to illustrate books for children. He won the Library Association Kate Greenaway Medal in 1972 for his silhouette illustrations to Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under The Sea and again in 1980 for Haunted House. Jan pioneered the modern Pop-up book with Haunted House, Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others. Meg and Mog, the series of books which Jan created with Helen Nicoll, has reached 14 titles. Four of them became the Meg and Mog Show, exuberantly staged by David Wood and designed for the West End by Jan. His lifelong interest in stage design landed other commissions: two shows for Theatre de Complicite, then Beauty and the Beast for The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and a spectacular Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland, Paris.
Published January 1, 2005 by Viking. 188 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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These four tales from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella) were first published as separate small volumes in the 1970s and again in 1992.

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