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Shirley Temple's Storybook is a television series hosted and narrated by actress Shirley Temple. Its first season of 16 episodes (mostly in black and white) aired on NBC between January 12, 1958 and December 21, 1958. The second season of 25 episodes (all in color) aired on NBC as The Shirley Temple Show between September 18, 1960 and July 16, 1961. Fairy tales, children's stories, and some maturer material like The House of Seven Gables were adapted for the series.

Well known stars like Charlton Heston and Elsa Lanchester appeared in the series. Several books such as Shirley Temple's Stories That Never Grow Old were published around the time the series aired. In 1961, the series was nominated for a prime time Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming". Selected episodes have been released to VHS and DVD.

Season 1

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Notes
1-1[C][L] "Beauty and the Beast" January 12, 1958[1][2] Based on a story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont; starring Charlton Heston and Claire Bloom
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[3] Based on a story by Washington Irving; starring Shirley Temple and Boris Karloff
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 Based on a story by Washington Irving; starring E.G. Marshall and Billy Barty
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 Based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen; starring Sebastian Cabot, Pernell Roberts, and Eli Wallach
1-16[C] "Mother Goose" December 21, 1958 Temple's 3 children made their television acting debuts in this episode; starring Elsa Lanchester, Shirley Temple
  • C^ Episode was telecast in color.
  • L^ Live episode.

Season 2

Episode # Episode title Original 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


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