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The Three Little Pigs - - 1936. 
Detizdat Komsomol, Moscow & Leningrad 1936 - Octavo. A Russian edition of Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs, published by the Children's Publishing House of the Komsomol Central Committee, part of the Communist Party. With nine full-page black & white illustrations, and several smaller vignettes throughout. Inspired by Walt Disney's wildly popular Silly Symphony of the same title, the original, American edition of The Three Little Pigs was ghostwritten by Ruth Plumly Thompson, best known for her contributions to the Oz series, and published in 1933 by Blue Ribbon Books. The story was translated into Russian by the award-winning poet and children's author Sergey Mikhalkov, who also, on three separate occasions, penned a new Russian national anthem. This Russian edition does not have all of the illustrations from the original 1933 Disney book, which was illustrated in color, and the illustrations are mirrored in orientation. Together with a miniature version of the same book, published in 1938. The miniature version has six full-page illustrations, printed in color. In his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, Walt Disney noted that although the Soviet Union refused to purchase most Disney films, saying that "they didn't suit their purposes," the nation did acquire The Three Little Pigs and showed it throughout the country. The Komsomol Children's Publishing House capitalized on the movie's popularity and success by releasing these two books. Both books in illustrated yellow wrappers. Some wear to larger book, and ownership inscription to rear cover of miniature book, else remarkably fine condition for such ephemeral items. (Miniature book measures 2 7/8 by 2 3/8 inches). (Walt Disney: Conversations, pp. 34-35). [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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