Shabby Sunday: Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated Junior Library – Arthur Szyk – 1945 #ShabbySunday #FairyTales #VintageBooks

Shabby Sunday

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.


Last time I shared:

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer – Illustrated by Mercer Mayer – 1978

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
  • Hardcover

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 @

Jennifer @

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. 

❤ Mischenko

35 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated Junior Library – Arthur Szyk – 1945 #ShabbySunday #FairyTales #VintageBooks

  1. starjustin

    What a rare find and great share! I think fairy tales often help us relate to happy times in our childhood. Very different to find some illustrations in color that long ago. Awesome post!

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  2. That is such a beautiful edition. I don’t remember seeing it before which makes it even nicer. I just adore fairy tales. They always take me back to when I was a child and they were such a comfort to read. Wonderful post as always.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. I totally agree! They take me back as well. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading them either.

      I really enjoyed the Beauty retelling by the way! You’ll have to let me know if you have any more recs. Loved the children’s version too. 😘♥️


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  4. This is so beautiful, favorite M! It reminds me of the fairy tale book my grandparents had…One of the only children’s books they had in the house, so I read it over and over. It was probably about the same age because it would have been my mother’s. Thanks for bringing back that wonderful memory. Lovely share! ♥️

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      1. I can’t, unfortunately. I guess it’s been twenty years or more since I saw it? It had an off white background cover with colored illustrations all over it from the fairy tales. It was well worn and well loved! I wish I had been able to keep it! The house ended up having some water damage, and it may have been thrown away, but I will ask my mom just in case. ♥️

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  5. David R. Dowdy

    Ah, this is brilliant. Lovely and colorful (still!) drawings and binding. Of course, it’s the stories that count the most and I think it’s wonderful that Andersen didn’t talk down to his audience. Wherever that ridiculous notion came from, I’m glad it’s mostly gone. Thanks for posting!

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  6. I have missed reading your posts on your childhood books. I’m so glad you’re sharing these again. Fairy Tales are still the most popular children’s stories. I read a gazillion 🙂 books to children, and fairy tales are always a winner. This particular book of yours is a treasure. I must read some of the lesser known stories again. Thank you, Mischenko!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie! They do seem to be the most popular among my kids too which is wonderful. I still enjoy reading them and I’m sure you do too. ♥️

      I hope to get back to posting on Sundays more regularly. I appreciate your positive comment. You made my day. 😊 Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! Me too. My only complaint is that I wish there were more color illustrations because there aren’t that many. I agree with you! 😁 I love that we have the Andersen’s volume, buy really hope to find the Grimm’s book in this set as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  7. I love Shabby Sunday!! Vintage items are so cool & absolutely beautiful to me. I wish I had some to share! I used to have a big fairytale book that I wish I would’ve kept forever. This one is just gorgeous!!

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  9. The illustrations and fonts in these older books are 100% the best. My most cherished book is an old, shabby copy of Little Women, that is a different copy of the same version my grandmother gifted me when I was a kid (it was used and rather shabby even then!). It was lost in a move about 30 years ago, but several years back, I found an identical copy on Ebay, and it is the one book I would carry with me in a post-apocalyptic world. 😉

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    1. How amazing! I’m so glad you were able to find an identical copy. What would we do without Ebay? 😂 We really are lucky to be able to bring back some of our most cherished items from our past. I haven’t read that book forever, but I bought a Puffin Classic version for my daughter and she enjoyed it. Maybe time for a reread! ❤

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