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
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.
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.
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.
If you’re a Hansel and Gretel fan, pick this up online. You won’t be disappointed. Kids still love it today!
- 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
Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books
Author Didi Oviatt
Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read
Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable
Shari @ Sharisakurai.com