I have a bunch of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every now and then sharing 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 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.
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Today’s Shabby Share is:
Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Illustrated Junior Library)
Illustrations by Arthur Szyk
To me fairy tales are some of the best stories. I grew up reading fairy tales, I still read them to my children, and they’re stories I still enjoy today as an adult.
Thinking back, I can remember some of my favorites when I was four or five years old. I enjoyed listening to tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Ugly Duckling, and Little Red Riding Hood on my record player.
What is it that I love about fairy tales? I suppose what attracts me to fairy tales are all the fantasy elements and the adventure, magic, wonder, romance, thrill, beauty, and of course…the escape I get when reading them. It doesn’t matter how far-fetched they are. I reread them over and over again and many take me back to my childhood.
This copy of Andersen’s Fairy Tales is an Illustrated Junior Library edition from 1945. I picked this up at an estate sale many years ago.
This edition has twenty-nine different fairy tales with illustrations by Arthur Szyk.
Most of the tales have at least one illustration–some are even in color, but few and far between.
We’ve read most of the tales. Some of our favorites are: The Roses and the Sparrows, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Fir Tree, The Ugly Duckling, The Nightingale, and The Little Match Girl. We’ve enjoyed most of the tales we’ve read this far.
Our copy is in good condition for its age. The dust cover is still intact with only some minor tears. Most pages in the book are crisp and clean. The illustrations are still bright and colorful.
I’d love to obtain the entire set of these, but many are hard to find. I’d at least like to find a copy of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale version. Just look at all the volumes made for this illustrated set!
You can find this book on Ebay and Etsy. I had a very difficult time finding this edition on Goodreads, but here’s a link to the 1976 version.
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 1st edition (October 1, 1945)
- Language: English
- Length: 343 pages
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
Jennifer @ Jennifertarheelreader.com
Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday! Do you like fairy tales? Do you have any shabby books to share? Feel free to share your thoughts below.