Monday, March 28, 2011

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Ruth Sanderson

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Ruth Sanderson is our picture book of the day. I wanted to highlight a Twelve Dancing Princesses picture book today since I am also featuring a post on a new related novel, Entwined by Heather Dixon. This is tied for first place with Kinuko Craft's version as my favorite modern illustrated rendition. It is really impressive how popular this tale has become in the past decade. When I started SurLaLune most people weren't familiar with it. Now even I have a book for it, Twelve Dancing Princesses Tales From Around the World.

And here are some images:

You can read about the conception and execution of this rather famous image (it has been licensed quite a bit) on Sanderson's site at The Artist at Work. Page down to the very bottom.


  1. Thanks, Heidi! And I have good news - a new edition will be released this fall, with new cover art, to coincide with a solo show of the paintings at The Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, MA. in the fall-winter.
    -Ruth Sanderson

  2. I agree - this one and the Craft version are stunning. How nice to have two such accomplished artists illustrating fairy tales! I own almost all of Sanderson's fairy tale books (as well as Craft's). The scene of the princesses walking through the woods is brilliant! But my very favorite Sanderson book is Papa Gatto. Have you ever profiled that one here? It's very unique and I've always wanted know more about it.