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-Étoile” and “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 colour a fairy tale of your own.
- Little John knocks Robin Hood off a bridge into the river.
- Robin Hood and his men kneel to the King.
- The King joins the hands of Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
- King Arthur and his Queen with a sack of ingredients to make a plum pudding.
- Red Riding Hood sets out to take Granny some cakes.
- Red Riding Hood met a great wolf in the wood.
- Beauty’s father picked a rose for his daughter.
- The Beast talked so pleasantly that Beauty lost her fear of him.
- Beauty was now quite the queen of the palace.
- Beauty wept over the Beast.
- A voice cried out, and the Frog stretched out of the water.
- She opened the door and caught sight of the Frog.
- The Frog seemed to relish his dinner.
- He was changed from a Frog into a handsome prince.
- The iron bands that bound the heart of trusty Henry were broken.
- The fairies arrived and endowed the Princess with their gifts.
- The Princess lived in a palace without doors or windows.
- Upon seeing the light of day, the Princess transformed into a white deer.
- After floating at sea for seven days, the children were found by a pirate.
- Prince Cheri saved the turtledove.
- The two-headed dragon was frightened by his reflection in the Prince’s mirror.
- The rock opened and Prince Cheri fell into a great hall.