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Gustaf Tenggren

Author, Illustrator

(1896 - 1970)

Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Adolf Tenggren (November 3, 1896 - April 9, 1970) was a Swedish-American illustrator. He is known for his Arthur Rackham-influenced fairy-tale style and use of silhouetted figures with caricatured faces. Tenggren was a chief illustrator for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1930s, in what has been called the Golden Age of American animation, when animated feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio were produced.

A website devoted to his work is at http://www.gustaftenggren.com/. A review article is at the Barnboken Journal of Children’s Literature Research.



Bibliography

5 Bedtime Stories (1957)

This collection includes Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Golden Goose and Chicken Little.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Adventure Tales (1967)

This is an anthology of previously published books about pirates, prospectors, cowboys and Indians and rhymes.

Author(s): Jenny Dennis
Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1935)

A selection from the master.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bedtime Stories (1942)

This collection includes Chicken Little, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and The Gingerbread Man. The pictures are in color and black and white. Later editions have only three stories.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Big Brown Bear (1944)

The big brown bear just cannot keep away from the honey tree, even though he knows what will happen if he tries to steal some honey. This Big Golden Book was also shortened and published as a Little Golden Book.

Author(s): Georges Duplaix
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Big Brown Bear (1947)

Originally published as a Big Golden Book, this story of a bear who cannot stay away from a beehive has been a perennial favorite. Later editions are significantly shorter.

Author(s): Georges Duplaix
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1917)

This Swedish annual has been publishing fairy tales since 1907.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1918)

A Swedish annual compilation of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Et al
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1919)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1920)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1921)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1922)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1923)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

The cover image shown above is from the 1917 edition.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1924)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1925)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bland Tomtar Och Troll (1926)

A Swedish annual collection of fairy tales.

Author(s): Cyrus Granér
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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A Boy of the Lost Crusade (1923)

Young Roland Arnot joins the Children’s Crusade to search for his father in the Holy Land. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Agnes Danforth Hewes
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Bröderna Grimms sagor (1922)

A selection of Grimms’ fairy tales in Swedish published in two volumes.  It was also issued in a one volume edition in German. 

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Canterbury Tales (1961)

A selection of Chaucer’s tales for children, in modern English.

Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Children of the Moor (1927)

This is a story about a family of children during the Swedish famines of the 1860’s.

Author(s): Laura Matilda Fitinghoff
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Christ Story for Boys and Girls (1923)

The author reads the New Testament in view of his own life as a Palestinian Christian born in 1869. Adapted from his larger work The Syrian Christ. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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D’Aulnoy’s Fairy Tales (1923)

This is a classic collection of French fairy tales. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Marie-Catherine D’Aulnoy
Illustrator(s): Gordon Browne
Gustaf Tenggren

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Den hemmelighedsfulde Ø (1923)

Prisoners of war held by the Union forces escape in a balloon and are blown out over the Pacific Ocean before crashing near a desert island. Interior illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Den underbare prinsen och andra indiska epos återberättade för ungdom (1916)

A Swedish translation of several Indian epic tales.

Author(s): Erik Jotson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Det rullende Hus (1923)

The steam house is an iron elephant that runs on steam. Includes The Demon of Cawnpore and Tigers and Traitors. Interior illustrations and possibly cover by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Dickey Byrd (1928)

When a gang of rogue elves and fairies try to kidnap his flannel elephant, Dickey Byrd must come to his rescue. A collection of stories about Dickey and his adventures. The color plates are by Tenggren.

Author(s): Elizabeth Woodruff
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Carl Emil Wehde

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A Dog of Flanders (1925)

Nello, a Belgian orphan rescues a dog and names it Patrasche. Together they start a milk delivery service.

Author(s): Maria Louise Ramé
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Drömmar och fantasier (1916)

Dreams and fantasies from Sweden.

Author(s): Willy Grebst
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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En Sagocrans (1918)

This “Garland of Fairy Tales” was published in Sweden.

Author(s): Helena Nyblom
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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En Verdensomsejling under Havet (1923)

Captain Nemo, the terror of the seas wreaks havoc among the shipping in the Nautilus. Danish translation, interior black and white illustrations by Tenggren, and likely the cover as well.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Fairy Tales (1985)

Seven favorite fairy tales by different authors and artists.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Charles Perrault
Et al
Illustrator(s): Richard Scarry
Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Farm Stories (1946)

Fifty stories about farm activities with 100 color illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Farm Stories (1956)

Fifty stories about farm activities with 100 color illustrations by Tenggren. This version may only have forty stories.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Farm Tales (2007)

A collection of nine classic Little Golden Books.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Tibor Gergely
Feodor Rojankovsky
Richard Scarry
Gustaf Tenggren
Garth Williams
Et al

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Farmyard Tales (1968)

A collection of stories about farm life.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Fem Uger i Ballon (1923)

Verne’s first successful adventure novel takes three Englishmen across northern and central Africa in a hydrogen balloon. Interior illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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The Giant with the Three Golden Hairs (1955)

A poor boy marries the king’s daughter, but must bring back three golden hairs from the king of the cave giants.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Golden Goose (1954)

The goose lays golden eggs, but don’t get greedy!

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights (2003)

Eleven favorite stories from the thousand nights and a night.

Author(s): Irwin Shapiro
Margaret K. Soifer
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Good Dog Book (1924)

Eleven classic dog stories, including “A Dog of Flanders” and Adrift on an Ice-Pan.

Author(s): Wilfred Grenfell
Ouida
Various
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Good Earth (1931)

A family story of China. Tenggren did only the dust jacket.

Author(s): Pearl S. Buck
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Grimms Märchenschatz (1923)

A selection of the tales of the Brothers Grimm with thirty-two color illustrations by Tenggren. The text is in German.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Gustaf Tenggren - En Biografi (2014)

The first biography of illustrator Gustaf Tenggren, in Swedish.

Author(s): Oskar Ekman
Lars Emanuelsson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Gustaf Tenggren Fairy Tale Calendar for 1925 (1924)

There are five illustrations total. See all five images at Gustav Tenggren's World.

Author(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Heidi (1923)

The orphaned Heidi goes to live in the Swiss mountains with her grandfather. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Johanna Spyri
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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How They Carried the Goods: From the Creaking Sleds of Pharaoh to the Swift Airplane of Today (1932)

A series of short vignettes describing how goods were carried in historical times.

1932

Author(s): Charles G. Muller
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Jack and the Beanstalk: An English Folk Tale (1953)

How Jack traded his cow for some magic beans that took him to the cloud land of the giants.

Author(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Jorden rundt i 80 Dage (1923)

Phileas Fogg and the intrepic Passepartout set out to circle the globe in 80 days for a stake of 20,000 pounds dogged by the determined detective Fix. Danish translation, interior black and white illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Juan and Juanita (1926)

Juan and Juanita and their dog Amigo are kidnapped by Comanches and held captive for four years until they make their escape and trek three hundred miles home.

Author(s): Frances Courtenay Baylor
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Kaptajn Grants Born (1923)

Lord Glenarvan undertakes to circumnavigate the world at the 37th parallel in an attempt to locate Captain Grant of the Duncan. The former quartermaster of the Duncan later turns up in The Mysterious Island. Interior illustrations and possibly cover by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Kaptajnen paa 15 Aar (1923)

In this nonstop melodrama the crew of a whaler pick up a group of shipwrecked seamen, are turned around and end up in west Africa, are enslaved, escape and make their way back to America. Interior illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Kejserens Kurér (1923)

While on his way to Irkutsk to warn the governor of a plot to betray him to the rebel Tatars Michael finds a wife and nearly loses his life more than once. Interior illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Keraban Stivnakke (1923)

To avoid paying a tax to cross the Bosphorus, Keraban takes a seven hundred league detour around the shore of the Black Sea. Also published in two volumes: The Captain of the Guidara and Scarpante the Spy. Interior illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1962)

A retelling of the story of King Arthur and his Knights.

Author(s): Barbara Lindsay
Emma Gelders Sterne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Kittens: Three Complete Stories (1958)

This collection includes The Three Little Kittens, The Shy Little Kitten and My Kitten.

Author(s): Patricia Scarry
Cathleen Schurr
Illustrator(s): Masha
Gustaf Tenggren
Eloise Wilkin

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The Lion´s Paw: A Tale of African Animals (1959)

Only the mouse has the courage to remove the thorn from the lion’s paw.

Author(s): Jane Werner Watson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Little Black Sambo (1948)

The classic story of a little Indian boy who turns the tables on a tiger who wants to eat him for breakfast. Later editions are much shortened.

Author(s): Helen Bannerman
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Little Match Girl (1944)

Forced to sell matches on the street on a freezing Christmas eve, the little match girl is taken in by a kindly grandmother.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Little Trapper (1950)

The little trapper gets trapped.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Lively Little Rabbit (1943)

The lively little rabbit makes a new friend who helps him escape from the weasel. The first edition is in color and black and white. Later editions were all in color but much shorter.

Author(s): Ariane
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Lively Little Rabbit (1954)

The lively little rabbit makes a new friend who helps him escape from the weasel. The first edition is in color and black and white. Later editions were all in color but much shorter.

Author(s): Ariane
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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More Farmyard Tales (1970)

A collection of twenty-one stories about farm life.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Mother Goose: A Work and Play Book for Silent Reading (1929)

This is an elementary school reader based on children’s stories.

Author(s): Emma Miller Bolenius
Marion George Kellogg
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The New Illustrated Book of Favorite Hymns (1941)

A collection of favorite hymns and carols.

Author(s): Inez Bertail
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The New Runaway Home (1954)

This is Book 6 of the Alice and Jerry basic reader series. The Harding family pulls up stakes and moves to California.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Night Before Christmas (1951)

T’was the night before Christmas
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring
Note even a mouse.

Author(s): Clement C. Moore
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Peggy’s Playhouses (1924)

Peggy goes on a ten-week vacation with her Aunt Madge and discovers new playhouses wherever they go.

Author(s): Clara W. Hunt
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Pirate’s Loot (1931)

Pirates and treasure for younger readers.

Author(s): Carolyn Rodgers
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Pirates, Ships, and Sailors (1950)

The first edition includes forty-two stories, poems and songs. Later editions had only twenty-six or twenty-four. They all have to do with the sea and sailors.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Poky Little Puppy (1942)

The adventures of the little puppy who escapes under the fence has proven to be one of the most popular books ever published with over fifteen million copies produced. The first edition is considerably longer than subsequent editions.

Author(s): Janette Sebring Lowrey
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Quest (1925)

A young man spends much of his time thinking about philosophical and religious questions. Dust jacket by Tenggren.

Author(s): Katharine Newlin Burt
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Red Fairy Book (1924)

In this, his second fairy tale collection, Andrew Lang does take a hand in the writing.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Rejsen til Maanen (1923)

Propelled from an enormous gun by a charge of gun cotton, a space capsule is hurled towards the moon. Interior illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Jules Verne
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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The Ring of the Nibelung (1932)

The story of Wagner’s opera cycle based on Norse sagas of Siegfied and Brunhilde.

Author(s): Gertrude Henderson
Richard Wagner
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Runaway Home (1942)

This is Book 6 of the Alice and Jerry basic reading program.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Saggy Baggy Elephant (1947)

Twitted by a parrot about his looks, the baby elephant is unhappy until he meets some beautiful creatures just like himself. As with most of the early Little Golden Books, the later editions were much shortened.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Seldom and the Golden Cheese (1933)

A good natured satire on fairy tale themes as Seldom is sent out into the world to earn his living. Is gold better than cheese?

Author(s): Joseph Schrank
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Sing for America (1944)

Favorite American songs with stories and illustrations.

Author(s): Opal Wheeler
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Sing for Christmas: A Round of Christmas Carols and Stories of the Carols (1943)

A collection of traditional Christmas carols with accompanying music and stories about the carols.

Author(s): Opal Wheeler
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Small Fry and the Winged Horse (1927)

Small Fry tells wonder stories to the children of his village.

Author(s): Ruth Campbell
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Snow White and Rose Red: A Favorite Fairy Tale (1955)

Two sisters befriend a bear on a snowy winter’s night. When summer comes they encounter an evil dwarf. When the two meet the fur flies.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Stories from a Magic World (1938)

When a gang of rogue elves and fairies try to kidnap his flannel elephant, Dickey Byrd must come to his rescue. A collection of stories about Dickey and his adventures. The color plates are by Tenggren.

Author(s): Elizabeth Woodruff
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Carl Emil Wehde

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Stories from the Great Metropolitan Operas (1943)

Synopses of twenty-five operas frequently performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City are accompanied by illustrations by Tenggren.

Author(s): Helen Dike
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Stories of the Vikings (1923)

Tales of adventure founded on the Snorra, an Icelandic work from around 1225 A.D.

Author(s): Maurice Dunlap
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Story of England (1943)

A short illustrated history of England for young readers.

Author(s): Helen Arbuthnot
Beatrice Curtis Brown
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Sven the Wise and Svea the Kind (1932)

A collection of stories from Lappland.

Author(s): Alicia O’Reardon Overbeck
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Tenggren Mother Goose (1940)

A selection of traditional rhymes and songs.

Author(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book (1942)

A collection of all-time favorite tales.

Author(s): Katherine Gibson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Tenggren’s Bedtime Stories (1963)

This edition contains only three stories, The Gingerbread Man, Chicken Little and Little Red Riding Hood.

Author(s): Gustaf Tenggren
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Tenggren’s Cowboys and Indians (1948)

Fifty-two stories and rhymes about the old West.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Tenggren’s Pirates, Ships, and Sailors (1971)

The first edition includes forty-two stories, poems and songs. Later editions like this one had only twenty-six or even twenty-four as in the 2006 edition. They all have to do with the sea and sailors.

Author(s): Byron Jackson
Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Tenggren’s Tawny Scrawny Lion (1952)

The Tawny Scrawny lion is always hungry from chasing other animals to eat. When he gets a taste of carrot stew cooked by ten fat rabbits, he finally has his fill. Later editions have fewer pages.

Author(s): Kathryn Jackson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Tenggren’s The Lion´s Paw: A Tale of African Animals (1960)

Only the mouse has the courage to remove the thorn from the lion’s paw. This is a large format edition.

Author(s): Jane Werner Watson
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Tenggren’s Topsy Turvy Circus (1953)

The giraffe comes to the rescue when the circus of Monsieur Augustin has difficulties.

Author(s): Georges Duplaix
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Thumbelina (1953)

A very small girl has many adventures.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Två sagor (1915)

Two Danish stories translated into Swedish.

Author(s): Carl Ewald
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The classic story of the young princess, the witch and the dwarfs.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2009)

The classic tale of the princess, the witch and the dwarfs.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Where Is the Poky Little Puppy? (1962)

Further adventures of a perennial favorite.

Author(s): Janette Sebring Lowrey
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales (1923)

Retellings of the classic Greek myths by the American master of the short story. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Nathaniel Hawthorne
Illustrator(s): Stephen Reid
Gustaf Tenggren

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