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Classic Children's Books in the Mary Louise Olsen Collection

by Linda Salem on 2017-12-01T10:40:00-08:00 | 0 Comments


If you want to examine the Cinderella story, the current book exhibit in the SDSU children’s literature collection includes versions from around the world told by various writers and  interpreted by various illustrators. These are part of the Mary Louise Olsen Children’s Literature Collection at SDSU Library. The Olsen Children’s Literature Collection is a gift from Mary Lorelei Olsen and Olivia Olsen Hansen of their mother Mary Louise Olsen’s vast collection of children’s literature, art, and fandom collectibles. Olsen, a public library children’s literature librarian and educator, collected a huge assortment of children’s literature. The collection boasts like-new variant editions of well-loved titles. Here is an invaluable research collection for children’s literature/comparative literature scholars, faculty, visiting researchers, teachers, parents and children of all ages. These and other titles in the lovely Olsen collection will be on display and ready for you to check out over the coming weeks.

The following children’s literature titles are found in multiple versions in the Olsen Collection.

Adventures of Pinocchio

Aesop’s Fables

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Beauty and the Beast

A Christmas Carol


East of the Sun West of the Moon

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Hansel and Gretel

Just So Stories

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Little Mermaid

Little Red Riding Hood

Mother Goose

The Night before Christmas

Peter Pan

Peter Rabbit

Puss in Boots

Rip Van Winkle

The Secret Garden

The Sleeping Beauty

The Snow Queen

Snow White

The Ugly Duckling

The Wind in the Willows

These are just a few of the wonderful treasures in the Olsen collection. 

For more about comparing versions of fairy tales and using an online source for this, I recommend the robust resource Sur la Lune Fairy Tales (2016) where I got the illustrations for this post and which Heidi Anne Heiner, librarian and researcher created and maintains. See


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