My Favorite Things Wednesday!

It is over the HUMP day, I can’t believe how fast the week is going by. Today I want to share a few of my favorite things. I love literature and one of the most endearing times that I have had with my children and grandchildren is reading to them beautiful stories that help  strengthen their imagination.


 One of my favorite reads is from “The Complete Tales of Hans Christen Anderson”. Many of his stories are not long and yet full of teaching good principles.

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How many times have you heard and seen this darling little story told and retold.

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How about this amazing story? Does it ring a bell? It’s FROZEN by Disney. It is taken from two of the authors stories about the Snow Queen. This lovely volume has great illustrations throughout the book.

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Here is a picture of the great author Hans Christian Andersen. He was born in Odense Denmark. Hans was born on April 2 1905, and passed on August 4 1975. Not all that old.

Hans Christian Andersen was born in the slums of Odense Denmark where the family lived in a one-room house. His father, Hans Andersen, was a poor shoemaker and literate, who believed he was of aristocratic origin. Andersen’s mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter, worked as washerwoman. Although she was uneducated and superstitious, she opened for his son the world of folklore.

Andersen received little education. As a child he was highly emotional, suffering all kinds of fears and humiliations because of his tallness and effeminate interests. Andersen’s hysterical attacks of cramps were falsely diagnosed as epileptic fits.

When I was young my Mother and Grandmother would tell me some these great stories. My Grandmother’s Mother was from Denmark and she told these stories to her children. I am very grateful to these authors of old and to those that have kept their stories alive.

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Here are two more books that I suggest you reading, they have both touched my heart in life in one way or another. Both of these books are great master pieces in their own right.

Vintage is who I am and what I love, I read many new books as well but none seem as sensitive as from authors of the past. It’s like they knew what we needed in our day in time.

What are you reading, and what are your favorite books? I would love to know. Have a beautiful day, see you soon.



24 thoughts on “My Favorite Things Wednesday!

  1. That was a sweet post. Reading things from the past can really seem to ground us. Right now, I’m not reading a lot… but I am working on one of Kelly Minter’s Bible studies – What Love Is. It’s a great one. I’m also reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH with one of my sons. Enjoy reading with your grandkids – what great memories you are making! ~julie


  2. I absolutely love the illustrations in those types of books and read them to our boys when they were little. Now our oldest son is reading them to his little one.


  3. I read vintage books myself, no one writes as good as they did. I’m a big mystery reader and my favorite author is obviously Agatha and E. Phillips Oppenheim. When I first moved out of home and had my first apartment I read Gone With The Wind and it hooked me on reading!


  4. Hi Jo

    Thanks for stopping over on my blog.It’s always very nice to meet a new blogger.
    I will be keeping my 4 grandchildren soon for a few days so need to come up with a book to read the. # of them read however still like it when Grandma reads to them. before the ipad and tablets comes out


  5. My mother was an avid reader and read endless stories to me when I was a child, and when she wasn’t reading she was telling them to me. Her love of reading was a great gift to me. I went on to college and majored in English. My favorite book of all time is Little Women! Lovely post.
    Thank you for your very sweet visit, made my day!


  6. I also have the book A Treasury of Hans Christian Anderson, translated from the Danish by Erik Christian Haggard. It has a book jacket which on the inside says it’s a Book Club Edition. I bought it in a thrift shop recently! I love nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and the old classic children’s stories. I wish Disney would leave them alone!


  7. Jo, I loved the story of Hans Christian Anderson when I was young. I must admit that I don’t take the time to read like I use to. Reading time usually only happens when I’m on vacation. At home extra time is usually computer time. I really need to take time to read again! Thanks for sharing these precious books with SYC.

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  8. I like classic literature. One summer I had a list of classics: Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities and others that I had set as my goal to read through by Fall. That was back before laptops and blogs and such. It was really one of my best experiences and something I really need to do again. Thanks for bringing this to mind, Jo. xxx ~ Nancy P.S. I”m reading through The Confessions of St Augustine right now. Very challenging, due to is archaic language. Makes me have to really concentrate.

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  9. Love this post! Your pictures are beautiful, and I love your choice of books. Just stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Hope to catch up with you again this coming week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage


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