Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Kiddie Kut Books from the 1950s

Some of my best childhood memories are of my dad reading bedtime stories, and later discovering books that I loved to read by myself. My favourite picture book, or at least the one that resonates most from my childhood, is the sleeping beauty. The story and images have stayed with me all my life, so imagine my delight on rediscovering my childhood favourite at a local book fair. Published by Collins during the 1950s, sleeping beauty is just one in a whole series of “Kiddie Kut” books arranged and illustrated by Molly B. Thomson.

Having rediscovered the sleeping beauty I decided to look for the rest of the series. I've now added the bells of London town, the three little pigs and snow white to my collection. Other books in the series are the house that jack built, fun in the frozen north, the three bears, Jack and the beanstalk, the water babies and Hansel and Gretel. There could be more but these are the only titles I’ve come across so far. 

What little girl wouldn't want to be the sleeping princess in this magical bedroom

or, Snow White finding the little house in the woods and spending time with the seven dwarfs?

Do you have a childhood favourite you remember to this day? 

Update July 2012. Thanks to 'Jo' I can now include The Water Babies in my collection. Jo emailed to say she had a copy and would I like it - my reply "yes please"!


  1. Oh Barbara these are just too, too beautiful. I would love to be able to page through them, even today. There was something about the way books were illustrated and arranged for children during the early to mid decades of the 20th century (I'd say the 20's to the 60's) that was truly magical. These are such wonderful examples and still give me a tingle of pure delight when I look at them. Its something that I think has been lost in the years since then. I don't think it is just because we grew up but that the world itself has changed.

  2. barbaraannefisher27 December 2011 at 15:54

    Hello Sharon, that is exactly how I feel! It took ages to do the photographs as I found myself looking into the pictures just like I did all those years ago. There is something about them that reaches out and draws you right into the story. Happy New Year.

  3. Sleeping Beauty is my favorite and has always been. It's a darling story with a sweet romance.

  4. Absolutely. My favourites are Beauty & the Beast and Cinderella!

  5. barbaraannefisher28 December 2011 at 10:01

    Hello Selina, I would love to find beauty and the beast and Cinderella in this series - they would be so pretty. Thanks for calling in and following.

  6. barbaraannefisher28 December 2011 at 10:01

    Donna, I could not agree more - it is a beautiful story.

  7. So beautiful! Love the colors and illustrations. :O)

  8. barbaraannefisher28 December 2011 at 16:02

    Glad you like them, thanks for visiting.

  9. What beautiful illustrations! These are the types of books that made my imagination soar as a child! I think I read that same version of Snow White! I always loved snuggling up with my mom or my grandmother and having them read to me. The stories flowed and I loved looking at the pictures and imagining the words. I could stare at this version of Sleepign Beauty forever! The details! You always have the most magical books to share! I just love coming here!


  10. barbaraannefisher29 December 2011 at 15:23

    Hi Jess
    The illustrations are beautiful and full of detail; I think that’s why I remember them so well. Thank you for your lovely comment. I appreciate your visits very much. It’s lovely to be able to share the memories with you.

  11. The Desert Rocks3 January 2012 at 00:51


  12. Have three left from when I was little and am adding those that fell to pieces! I also loved the Sleeping Beauty, but the House that Jack Built and the Bells of London Town were my favourites. Another book that fell to pieces was the Huge Adventure of Little Mut by Ivy Wallace. It took 2 years to find another copy!

  13. barbaraannefisher29 April 2012 at 17:26

    I didn’t have any books by Ivy Wallace when I was little, but I know I would have lover her Animal Shelf and Pookie books. I bet it was a thrill for you when you finally found the Huge adventure of Little Mut. Thanks so much for calling in and leaving a comment. Barbara

  14. barbaraannefisher29 April 2012 at 17:27

    Indeed they are! Thanks for calling in.

  15. I have the Snow White book. Just ran across it while cleaning our attic.

  16. Hello Rebecca, what do you think of it? Are you a fan? I love them, but I think that's because I had some of them when I was small.

  17. Thank you for the Molly B Thomas pages. I had the complete series as a small child.

  18. Hello there, thank you for calling in and leaving a comment. They really are lovely books, I remember them from my childhood too. I'm still trying to get a complete set for my collection. Barbara

  19. I have a few of these too, including The Three Bears which I don't see mentioned here, they really are beautiful little books, thankyou for your blog, I have collected vintage childrens books for over 30 years now.


    1. Hello Tory, thanks so much for your comment and for mentioning the three bears –another one I need to look for. I’ve been collecting for a good while too. I set out to replace all the books I owned when I was a girl, I’ve not got there yet, but I have found a lot of other ‘new’ favourites along the way. Barbara

  20. Beautiful Images Barbara ..specially of the bedroom with vines of pink blooms!
    But the books I associate with childhood are Russian books of 'The Giant Turnip' , 'Grishka and The Astronaut ' and many more .... Cinderella and snow-white, entered a bit late in my life and like all girls around the world, I was immediately fascinated by them. I absolutely loved The 3 little pigs...its my mum's favourite too :)
    Thanks fro the share dear ..stay happy :)

  21. Thank you Kokila. I so enjoyed hearing about your favourite childhood books. Much Love, Barbara


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