THE WISE OLD DWARF is another of the fairy tales by Anne Frank I was adapting as a picturebook around 1990. In this story, the titular character observes a boy dwarf and a girl elf who would rather fight than get along. Seeing that she is too giddy and he too gloomy, he shuts them up in a house together, where they must learn to help each other and get along. It doesn’t take Freud to see this as a metaphor for Anne’s own budding relationship with her friend Peter, shut away in their hiding place.
My plan was to accompany the illustrations with captions, and mirror the events in Rackham inspired sillhouettes on the facing pages. Here are selected illos from the wotk, and three of the sillhouette pages.