Shabby Sunday: Favorite Stories Old and New by Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg – 1955


Shabby Sunday Meme

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

Favorite Stories Old and New

Blurb: This revised edition is enlarged by twenty-six stories. The divisions are as follows: Real children and real things, Stories about animals, Stories of make-believe, Fairy tales, Folk tales, Myths and fables, Bible stories and Tales of laughter.
*I apologize for the cramming of content. WordPress is not cooperating today.*

My Thoughts:

This book is a really special one! It belonged to my grandfather and is one of the only books I have left from him. This one sat on the shelf in our living room the whole time I was growing up and now it sits on mine.
It’s a book of short stories that were compiled for children to read. Some are about real people and events, animals, make-believe, folk tales, and even some Bible stories. There are also a few fables included. Many are stories that are well known, like Cinderella, The Three Bears, David and Goliath, Davy Crockett, and Pandora’s Box. They’re short enough that young readers won’t lose interest.
Some of my favorites include: The Middle Bear, Indians in the House, The Coyote and the Fox, Black Face, The Lion-Hearted Kitten, Snow White, Cinderella, The Snow Maiden, and The Wind and the Sun. This isn’t just a book for children and can be enjoyed by all ages.
My version is a hardcover Doubleday edition from 1955. It lacks the dust jacket and has very bad wear to the fabric cover. The pages are still fairly clean and crisp to read with only minor smudging.
There really aren’t a lot of illustrations in the book, but the sketches that are included are whimsical and interesting.
Without the dust jacket, the cover is very plain with only a few black illustrations on the front cover and binding.
I’m very happy to have this book and won’t ever part with it. It’s not just limited to children! Even with its age, my children and I are still interested in these classic stories that boost their imagination. It’s a real gem of a book to have.

Here’s a similar retelling of The Snow Maiden:


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:
  • Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Revised edition (June 1, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385072937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385072939

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm


Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books


Thanks for visiting Shabby Sunday! Do you have any vintage books you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like to!

26 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Favorite Stories Old and New by Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg – 1955

        1. I’d love to see what you have! I’m a little fascinated with old books. 😁 One thing I love about this meme is that it gets me looking at my old books again so they don’t just sit on the shelf. It’s nice to reread faves too. 💖 Have a great week. 😉

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  1. starjustin

    I can still see this book sitting on the bookshelf in the living room right next to the blue book of poetry. We grew up with these 2 books, plus many more, and read them frequently. Back then we didn’t have the computers and tablets and smartphones they have today. The books entertained us instead.
    I’m very glad the grandkids will benefit from this book also. And maybe even pass it down to their kids too! 😊

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    1. Exactly! It’s crazy to think about not having electronics now too. I’m happy to still have the book to read with the kids. So special. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! 💖


  2. This is a great idea, and i think it is wonderful that this book has real personal meaning to you. The book looks familiar to me, but is not one I had from childhood, I think. It may be one that is in a box somewhere in my moved-six-months-ago-and-have-tons-to-unpack room, so I am glad to see it here and not feel so rushed to unpack it!

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  3. I like your Shabby Sunday theme. I love seeing vintage books! That’s very cool to have a 1955 children’s book of stories! Are they easy to read? I have seen many old books when I go to estate sales but I haven’t ran into any children’s books yet so I didn’t collect them.

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    1. Thank you, Jasmine! 🙂 These are very easy to read and perfect for kids. I’m sure you could find this at a sale too because it was a popular book at one point in time. ❤ Thanks so much for commenting. Have a great weekend.

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