Shirley Temple's Storybook

Shirley Temple's Storybook is an American children's anthology series hosted and narrated by actress Shirley Temple. The series features adaptations of fairy tales like Mother Goose and other family-oriented stories performed by well-known actors, although one episode, an adaptation of The House of the Seven Gables, was meant for older youngsters. The first season of sixteen black-and-white and colored episodes aired on NBC between January 12, 1958 and December 21, 1958 as Shirley Temple's Storybook. Thirteen episodes of the first season re-ran on ABC beginning on January 12, 1959. The second season of twenty-five color episodes aired on NBC as The Shirley Temple Show between September 18, 1960 and July 16, 1961 in much the same format that it had under its original title.

Temple's three children made their acting debuts in the last episode of the first season, "Mother Goose". When a stagehand began swearing during a "Mother Goose" rehearsal, Temple had him fired, telling the stunned cast it was a children's show–although no children were present during the rehearsal. Three of the first season episodes were done live, and each of the three took ten days of preparation. Temple read each script and made suggestions for improvement if necessary.

Episode list

Season 1

Episode #Episode titleOriginal airdate
1-1[C][L]"Beauty and the Beast"January 12, 1958
1-2"Rumpelstiltskin"February 2, 1958
1-3"The Nightingale"February 18, 1958
1-4[C][L]"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"March 5, 1958
1-5"Dick Whittington and His Cat"March 23, 1958
1-6"The Land of Green Ginger"April 18, 1958
1-7"Rip Van Winkle"May 6, 1958
1-8"The Sleeping Beauty"June 8, 1958
1-9"The Little Lame Prince"July 15, 1958
1-10"The Magic Fishbone"August 19, 1958
1-11"The Wild Swans"September 12, 1958
1-12"Hiawatha"October 13, 1958
1-13"Rapunzel"October 27, 1958
1-14"Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves"November 12, 1958
1-15"The Emperor's New Clothes"November 25, 1958
1-16[C]"Mother Goose"December 21, 1958
  • C^ Episode was telecast in color.
  • L^ Live episode.

Season 2

Episode #Episode titleOriginal airdate
2-1"The Land of Oz"September 18, 1960
2-2"Kim"September 25, 1960
2-3"Winnie-the-Pooh"October 2, 1960
2-4"Tom and Huck"October 9, 1960
2-5"Madeline"October 16, 1960
2-6"Little Men"October 23, 1960
2-7"The Prince and the Pauper"October 30, 1960
2-8"Emmy Lou"November 6, 1960
2-9"The Reluctant Dragon"November 13, 1960
2-10"The Black Arrow"November 27, 1960
2-11"The Indian Captive"December 4, 1960
2-12"The House of Seven Gables"December 11, 1960
2-13"The Black Sheep"December 18, 1960
2-14"Babes in Toyland"December 25, 1960
2-15"Pippi Longstocking"January 8, 1961
2-16"King Midas"January 15, 1961
2-17"Rebel Gun"January 22, 1961
2-18"The Terrible Clockman"January 29, 1961
2-19"The Fawn"February 5, 1961
2-20"Onawandah"February 12, 1961
2-21"The Return of Long John Silver"February 19, 1961
2-22"The Little Mermaid"March 5, 1961
2-23"The Peg-leg Pirate of Sulu"March 12, 1961
2-24"The Princess and the Goblins"March 19, 1961
2-25"Two for the Road"July 16, 1961

Book collections

Random House published three fairy tale collections under Temple's name based on the first season: Shirley Temple's Storybook (the complete season, except for "Hiawatha" and "Mother Goose," and including one additional story, "The Valiant Little Tailor"), Shirley Temple's Fairyland (selections from the first season), and Shirley Temple's Stories That Never Grow Old (selections from the first season). A fourth book, Shirley Temple's Favorite Tales Of Long Ago (illustrated and published by Random House in 1958) includes "The Magic Fishbone", "The Nightingale", "The Valiant Little Tailor", and "The Little Lame Prince".

DVD release

The full series anthology has not been released, however selected episodes of the second season were released on Region 1 DVD in 2006. First Run Video released all sixteen of the first season episodes, all in black and white, on VHS tapes in 1989. Wood Knapp Video re-released thirteen of the episodes from the first season in extended play speed on VHS tape. The episodes were "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "Hiawatha", "The Land of Green Ginger", "The Magic Fishbone", "The Nightingale", "Rapunzel", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Lame Prince", "Mother Goose", "Rip Van Winkle", "The Sleeping Beauty", "The Wild Swans", and "Dick Wittington and His Cat".

Award nomination

1961Primetime Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming


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