More than one hundred years after they were first drawn, Walter Crane's fairy tale illustrations remain full of magic. The beloved children's book illustrator brought life to classic stories. Some are still bedtime favorites, such as Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, and Little Red Riding Hood. Others we may not remember well today, such as Princess Belle-Etoileand The Hind in the Wood. Crane's illustrations are nothing if not dramatic both sweet and sinister, filled with old-fashioned intrigue, pomp, and turns of plot. There are damsels in billowing dresses, royals in regalia, babes adrift at sea, and all the magical characters you could hope for: fairies, beasts, dragons, cursed frogs who are really very charmed, and maidens who are really very cursed. When you fill in the twenty-two line drawings, imagine what sort of story you might like to tell. We've left the last page blank so that you can draw and color a fairy tale of your own.
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