Books: A Happy Year to Be Grimm

A look at this year's illustrated children's books suggests that Gresham's law may have gone over the rainbow and mysteriously reversed itself. For once, the good appears to be driving out the bad. Specifically, the good is the republication of some of the most popular illustrators of the past. There are reissues of John Ruskin's King of the Golden River, brief selections from Kate Greenaway's 1881 Mother Goose and an edition of Great Swedish Fairy Tales by John Bauer. Among the best reissues, too, are some of Arthur Rackham's Grimm's Fairy Tales, and...

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