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:
Grizzwold (An I Can Read Book)
Syd Hoff is one of my absolute favorite illustrators and this story goes way back to my own childhood. It’s an “I Can Read” book from 1963 that my children still enjoy reading today.
The book is about Grizzwold, a huge bear who lives in the forest. One morning he hears some loud sounds and discovers some lumberjacks cutting down the forest. Grizzwold doesn’t understand why they have to cut down all the trees, but he knows he can’t live there anymore. He sets out on an expedition to find himself another home.
He searches high and low, eventually arriving at a house where’s he’s told he’ll make a wonderful bearskin rug. Then, he attends a party where people tell him he simply doesn’t belong.
“You don’t belong here,” said the people. “You belong in the zoo.”
Grizzwold is exhausted and enters another forest only to come face to face with two hunters who are very happy to see him. Luckily, it’s a national park where people aren’t allowed to shoot animals. Grizzwold has found a home in a forest where he can be happy amongst kind rangers.
The book remains well-timed today, in my opinion, as we deal with deforestation and animal habitats being destroyed. It’s a reminder that animals are living beings who deserve to live happily in safety and humans have the power to grant them with it.
Our copy is super shabby, but my kids still cherish this one, even though they’re mainly reading chapter books now. It’s an old library copy we bought at a book sale and one we’ll more than likely never part with. They enjoy recreating Syd Hoff’s illustrations whenever we read his books and he remains an inspiration today.
- Series: An I can read book
- Unknown Binding: 63 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Row (1963)
- Language: English
You can see the story of Grizzwold read below by Nana on YouTube:
Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:
Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm
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! ❤