During Henry and Violet's quest to erase magic for good, they follow a clue from Neal's journal to the the New York Public Library, where they find innumerable storybooks. Henry notices each of them look the same as his own storybook and opens once called Once Upon a Time Volume II, which contains stories different from his. After looking through all of the storybooks, he and Violet do not find anything in them about how to destroy magic. ("Only You")
David tries to maintain order by directing the Land of Untold Stories residents to food and shelter in the diner and inn. This causes unrest among the newcomers until Regina welcomes them to Storybrooke. Holding the storybook, she tells them to not be fearful of their stories playing out because she will brave the unknown with them. Henry then attempts to use the book to discover a stranger's name, however, the man tells him that he isn't important enough to have his own story. ("A Bitter Draught")
As Emma, Henry and Hook attempt to find Ashley, Emma mentions her knack for finding people by trying to decipher their stories. Henry realizes the storybook can tell them how Ashley's stepsister Clorinda's story was supposed to end, and this will reveal Ashley's location. They manage to track down Ashley and Clorinda at the Storybrooke Pumpkin Farm. ("The Other Shoe")
- When Henry is flipping through the storybook in the New York Public Library, excerpts from the following stories are seen: ("Only You")
- Chapter I of Gulliver's Travels, with an illustration of Gulliver being tied down by the Lilliputians. The picture is based on an old illustration from an obscure children's book from 1883, called Gulliver's Travels: Coloured Picture Book for the Nursery; notice the near identical background, the identical outfit, etc.
- Chapter XIX of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The accompanying illustration, which shows Captain Nemo taking observations of the deck of the Nautilus, is called "Le capitaine Nemo prit la hauteur du soleil." ("Captain Nemo took the altitude of the sun.") and is from an 1871 French edition of the book (link to page), illustrated by the French painter Alphonse de Neuville and the French painter and illustrator Édouard Riou.
- Chapter IV of Charles Kingsley's children's novel The Water-Babies.
- Chapter VIII of Don Quixote. The accompanying illustration is a colorized version of a picture from the retelling Stories of Don Quixote: Written Anew for Children (1910) (link to page), written by James Baldwin and illustrated by G.A. Harker. It shows Don Quixote fighting windmills that he imagines are giants.
- The "Paul Bunyan" folktale, accompanied by an illustration of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The picture is based on a watercolor painting by the comic/freelance artist Chad Lewis.
- The story in the book is adapted from a version of the folktale which can be found on several online websites:
(differences are set in fuchsia)
|Paul Bunyan was a hero of North America's lumberjacks,|
the workers who cut down trees. He was known for his
strength, speed and skill. Tradition says he
|cleared forests from the northeastern United States|
to the Pacific Ocean.
Many years ago, Paul Bunyan was born in the
northeastern American state of Maine. His mother and father were shocked
when they first saw the boy. Paul was so
large at birth that five large birds had to carry him to his
parents. When the boy was only a few weeks old, he
weighed more than forty-five kilograms.
|cleared forests f[image ends]|
way to the Paci[image ends]
Legend says that [image ends]
northeastern stat[image ends]
when they first l[image ends]
big at birth that [image ends]
parents. When t[image ends]
weighed more tha[image ends]
|As a child, Paul was always |
hungry. His parents needed tens cows
to supply milk for his meals. Before
long, he ate fifty eggs and ten containers of potatoes
Young Paul grew so big that his parents
did not know what to do with him.
Once, Paul rolled over so much in his sleep that he
caused an earthquake.
|His appetite match[image ends]|
hungry. His pare[image ends]
to supply enough [image ends]
long, he ate fifty e[image ends]
every single day.
Young Paul grew [image ends]
did not know wha[image ends]
time that Paul rolle[image ends]
caused an earthqua[image ends]
|Once Upon a Time: Season Five|
|"The Dark Swan":||"The Price":||"Siege Perilous":||"The Broken Kingdom":||"Dreamcatcher":||"The Bear and the Bow":||"Nimue":||"Birth":||"The Bear King":||"Broken Heart":||"Swan Song":|
|"Souls of the Departed":||"Labor of Love":||"Devil's Due":||"The Brothers Jones":||"Our Decay":||"Her Handsome Hero":||"Ruby Slippers":||"Sisters":||"Firebird":||"Last Rites":||"Only You":||"An Untold Story":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Six|
|"The Savior":||"A Bitter Draught":||"The Other Shoe":||"Strange Case":||"Street Rats":||"Dark Waters":||"Heartless":||"I'll Be Your Mirror":||"Changelings":||"Wish You Were Here":||"Tougher Than the Rest":|
|"Murder Most Foul":||"Ill-Boding Patterns":||"Page 23":||"A Wondrous Place":||"Mother's Little Helper":||"Awake":||"Where Bluebirds Fly":||"The Black Fairy":||"The Song in Your Heart":||"The Final Battle Part 1":||"The Final Battle Part 2":|