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Vintage preschool favorites: Puppet Storybooks with 3D lenticular covers

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Several of these board books were published under the banner of “A Puppet Storybook” by Grosset & Dunlap. Each one featured puppets illustrating the story — and closely resembled the Japanese stop-motion animation look that was so popular at the time, such as those seen in Rankin/Bass productions like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

One thing that was extra fascinating to boys and girls was the 3D image added to each book cover. Those pictures featured a lenticular technique, giving each one the illusion of depth and motion. I know there was at least one little girl who, in the early ’70s, tried not only to figure out how the image worked… but also wanted to figure out a way to step inside the picture of that house Santa was visiting.

Puppet Storybooks (1968)

Here are tried-and-true tales for very young children — all selected for simple text and ability to provide reading and listening pleasure, and made even more attractive by beautiful color illustrations of adorable puppets in lifelike poses that are an endless delight.

3-D Puppet Storybooks (1969)

These familiar rhymes and fairy tales have delighted generations of children. Now, with their new 3-D covers and full-color puppet-like illustrations, they’re more irresistible than ever!

Each book has strong laminated pages with rounded corners that make them safe for little ones to handle. They’re bound to keep any youngster happily absorbed for hours on end. $1.25 each.

Fairytales and rhymes in Puppet Storybooks (1970)

The world’s best-loved rhymes and fairy tales come almost literally to life in the pages of these books; colorful puppets act out the story on every page in beautiful full-color illustrations.


 

A Puppet Storybook: Snow White (1969)

A Puppet Storybook: Snow White (1969)

 

Henny Penny: A Puppet Storybook (1969)

by T Izawa & S Hijikata – Published by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.

Henny Penny: A Puppet Storybook (1969)

 

The Three Little Kittens: A Puppet Storybook (1969)

A Puppet Storybook vintage book The Three Little Kittens

 

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Fun With the Alphabet: A Puppet Storybook (1969)

Pictures by T Izawa – Published by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.

Fun With the Alphabet: A Puppet Storybook (1969)

 

Cinderella: A Puppet Storybook (1971)

A Puppet Storybook vintage book Cinderella

 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Puppet Storybook (1970)

A Puppet Storybook vintage book Goldilocks and the Three Bears

 

A Puppet Storybook: Hansel and Gretel (1970)

A Puppet Storybook vintage book Hansel and Gretel

 

What Time Is It: A Puppet Storybook (1969)

Pictures by T Izawa – Published by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.

What Time Is It - Vintage Puppet Storybook cover

 

The Night Before Christmas: A Puppet Storybook (1970)

A Puppet Storybook vintage book The Night Before Christmas

 

Title list: Puppet Storybooks (1969)

0751 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
0752 THE THREE LITTLE KITTENS
0753 JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
0754 THE LITTLE RED HEN
0755 HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
0756 COUNTING RHYME
0757 MOTHER GOOSE
0758 PETER RABBIT
0759 HENNY PENNY
0760 FUN WITH THE ALPHABET
0761 WHAT TIME IS IT?
0762 THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
0763 BABY ANIMALS
0764 HAPPY BIRTHDAY
0765 LITTLE NURSERY RHYMES
0766 A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES
0767 THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
0768 THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
0769 PINOCCHIO
0770 BEDTIME STORIES

GROSSET & DUNLAP, INC.
New York, N. Y. 10010

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