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3.0 out of 5 stars "Beautiful, Vintage Artwork, but not exactly what I expected", March 23, 2010
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This review is from: Walt Disney's Classic Storybook (Storybook Collection) (Hardcover)
This is a collection of Classic Disney Big and Little Golden Books from the 1950's-1960's; featuring the vintage artwork I recalled from my childhood. This edition features big, gilded pages. I discovered, upon delivery, that about every third or fourth page was stuck together. I went through the entire book "unsticking" the pages. This was time-consuming and annoying, but the book seems fine now.
I remember a Big Golden Book of "Walt Disney's Mary Poppins" from the late 1960's or very early 1970's that, basically, told the entire story of Disney's movie version. I thought that was the edition that would be reproduced here. I was disappointed to find that what is called "Mary Poppins" here is just a brief, very poorly drawn, episode involving Uncle Albert's hysterical laughing fits and the tea party on the ceiling. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about how magical Mary flies into the Banks household, her Jolly Holiday with Bert and the children, how she helps the household become a family again, etc.
Despite my disappoint over "Mary Poppins," the rest of the book is fine; featuring cute stories about Goofy, Chip and Dale, Donald Duck, and one, "Mickey Mouse's Picnic", that features an almost entirely forgotten Disney character; now more of a Disney footnote; called Clarabelle Cow. The storybook reproductions of classic Disney films; "Snow White," "Pinocchio," "Dumbo", "Lady (And The Tramp"), "Bambi", "Cinderella", "Alice In Wonderland", "Peter Pan" and "Sleeping Beauty"; are mostly fine. The artwork for this particular version of "Snow White," is a bit weird and offbeat, but also memorable and charming. The artwork and presentation of "Cinderella," "Alice In Wonderland", "Lady (And The Tramp") and "Peter Pan" is particularly breathtaking and exquisite.
This sturdy edition is just fine for children to read by themselves, or for parents to read to their children at bedtime. This edition is a great value for the price. But, for far superior storybook editions of classic Disney films and characters, I highly recommend the 5 Star "Walt Disney's Treasury Of Children's Classics" and "Disney's Princess Treasury"; which have broader, adult appeal as well.
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