Detail from the front cover
Hansel and Gretel at home with their father and stepmother
Hansel imprisoned by the witch
I love the detail in this illustration
The little house had walls of real gingerbread, with slabs of sultana cake for tiles on the little roof. The windows were glazed with sugar candy, and raisins and nuts made criss-cross patterns on the gingerbread walls. There were even sugar plums and sweet dates on the front door.
Do you remember listening to “Uncle Mac” on the radio? Or maybe you remember some of the songs from that era. Do you have a favourite?
These are in my top ten - the runaway train, when you come to the end of a lollipop, the big rock candy mountain, how much is that doggy in the window, the yellow rose of Texas, little white duck, a four-legged friend, the deadwood stage, Puff the magic dragon and Nellie the elephant.
Did you ever see such sweet little pigs? Illustration by Barbara C Freeman from the Jack and Jill All Colour Gift Book, 1952.