Shabby Sunday: Walt Disney Presents the Story of Hansel and Gretel with Songs by  Walt Disney Company – 1967

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Shabby Sunday

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 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? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. 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:

Walt Disney presents the story of Hansel and Gretel with songs

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I know I’ve shared this book a few times before now on tags and also Claire’s Blogger’s Bookshelf post @Brizzlelassbooks, but I’d like to share it again today for Shabby Sunday.

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This is a little book and record that I must have listened to a thousand times when I was little. I can still remember listening to this on my little record player. Side one of the record is the story and side two contains three songs from the opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck.

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I love the illustrations in this version and I can still remember drawing them to try and recreate scenes when I was little. They’re very vivid and simple, yet they depict each character’s emotions precisely.

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I’m amazed at how clear the record sounds! Every time I hear it, it evokes nostalgia within me that I haven’t felt for some time. We all know how a narrator can make or break a book, but the female narrator of this story is perfect to me. Her voice is clear and soothing. It’s perfect for children to follow and it does have the ‘Tinkerbell’ page turn signal. I’ve included the audio here for you to listen to if you’d like. The second half of the audio plays side two, which is the opera Hansel and Gretel.

My favorite illustration and part in the story is when Hansel and Gretel find the riches and head on their way. In this version, they stumble upon their cottage and reunite with their father. Of course, the evil stepmother has already died.

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If you’re a Hansel and Gretel fan, pick this up online. You won’t be disappointed. Kids still love it today!

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Walt Disney Productions (1967)
  • Language: English

Find this one on Goodreads. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find it on Amazon, but there are some available on eBay.


Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm

TheOrangutanLibrarian

Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Author Didi Oviatt

Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read

Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable

Shari @ Sharisakurai.com


Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday. Do you have any Shabby books to share? Feel free to share your thoughts below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like! ❤

29 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Walt Disney Presents the Story of Hansel and Gretel with Songs by  Walt Disney Company – 1967

    1. How awesome is that! I loved Fraggle Rock. My kids actually still occasionally check out the DVD’s from the library. I’m going to have to find those books now haha. Thanks for sharing! 💜

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    1. Wow, that is so neat! I often wonder what happened to my original too. I bet your grandkids would enjoy these too, Carla. I see them at rummage sales a lot, but I’ve never come across this exact one yet. My kids still love them! 💖

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        1. Yes! I’ve seen those books a lot at sales, but often they don’t have the media with them. I love the new CD books they have too. So nice for kids to have that audio companion. Thanks, Carla. ❤

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  1. I think we had other ones in the series, but not this one. The photo of the record itself is really familiar to me. What a great idea to have audio and visual to learn to read with–it makes obvious sense.

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    1. Hi, Donna! I think it’s genius. It’s easy for the kids to follow and helps with their reading. We as parents don’t always have the time to sit down and read every book with our kids so, it’s neat. Plus now they have all the sound effects of course. It’s like watching a movie. 😂 Thanks for checking out the post. 💗 Happy to see you. 😉

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  2. Nel

    How awesome! I had no idea books came on vinyl like this. I’ll have to let the husband know cause this is something he’ll love to share with future shortpants. Wonderful illustrations and thanks for sharing the YouTube snippet!

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! 💕❤💗 They all love records believe it or not. I’ve been collecting LP’s for years. I guess I picked it up from my grandparents. Lol 😄😉 Hope you have a blessed week, Bonnie!

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    I don’t think my family had this, but I do remember Tinkerbell from the Disney show on Sunday nights.

    Btw, you have a phonograph? That’s wonderfull!

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    1. This one doesn’t seem to be as popular. I do see the books at sales a lot, but often the records are missing.

      Yes! We have a Technics turntable. There’s a story behind it I hope to share on Music Monday one day. Have a great week, David! 🖤

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  4. starjustin

    It was so nice to close my eyes and listen to the story and music. Wonderful post! Seems as if the record collecting ‘is’ another love you picked up from your grandparents just as you mentioned. I’m pleased about that! And that the kids love the record stories too. A great way to carry on the classics. 🐦

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