Russian Children's Books
DISNEY, WALT. 1901-1966.
MIKHALKOV, SERGEI, translator. Tri porocenka [The Three Little Pigs]. Moscow and Leningrad: Detizdat, 1936.
8vo. 48 pp. Cloth-backed decorated boards. Boards rubbed, internal pencil marks.
Rare Russian Walt Disney book. The translator was a prominent Russian poet and children's book writer who wrote the Soviet National Anthem. He adapted the American edition published by David McCay in Philadelphia that was written by Ruth Plumly Thompson, the second Royal Historian of Oz, from movie stills. Among the disguises that the Big Bad Wolf puts on in the book is that of a Jewish pedlar, deleted from the official re-release of the famous cartoon after World War II. Mikhalkov named the unnamed Three Little Pigs in the original cartoon Nif-Nif, Nuf-Nuf and Naf-Naf.