The storybook and vinyl record was an opportunity for children to fully immerse themselves in their favourite fairy tale, nursery ryhme, song or film. As Disney proclaimed: children can “see the pictures” “hear the record” and “read the book”. Disney Records and its Buena Vista label, along with Peter Pan Records and its derivative Power Records, were among the first companies to explore this multi-media approach to entertaining children by releasing storybooks with a vinyl record. Later would come cassettes – adding a new dimension of ‘mobility’ to the experience, when children could listen on a Walkman and be free to move from room to room or even go outside.
In today’s post we take a look at some French storybooks and vinyl records aimed at the younger children’s market, featuring fairy tales, nursery rhymes and traditional songs. Especially, we take the opportunity to look at some of the artwork involved, and here we see wonderful illustrations from the likes of Biosca, Denise Chabot, Agathe Tran Quang My, Annette Moch and JP Huster who each contributed delightful art for many record sleeves and booklets aimed at children throughout 1960s and 1980s France.
The art of Denise Chabot from “Rondes Enfantines” storybook and record
The art of Annette Moch and JP Huster – “Fabulettes” 1964.
The art of Biosca – “Fabulettes en Couleurs” and “L’école”
The art of Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca – “Fabulettes” 1969
Walt Disney storybooks and records
Little Red Ridng Hood
Thank you for “seeing, hearing and reading” with us 🙂