This was one of my favorite books as a third grader in the 1950's. I bought the book for my six year old grandson since he loved the stories I had been telling him from my memory of having read them fifty years earlier in the original edition. While it was a dated book even in the 1950's, at least the copy I had was in its original printing, and in hardcover, with simple but memorable line drawn engravings. In attempting to acquire the same book, I opted for this "hardcover" edition. Upon opening the package, I noticed that the book had some blank pages. To my dismay, the original engravings were missing. It seemed perhaps to be a situation in which the text had reverted to public domain material, while the illustrations had not. Possibly the publisher had simply ripped the original text layout free of royalty obligation, blanked out the illustrations, and put it into a low grade hardcover to appear to be the "quality" edition. Additionally, the last minute slapped-on cover art seemed to come from outer space. Disingenuous, and disappointing.
Perhaps there is a paperback or some other new edition with the original print layout and illustrations, but too late for us. Luckily, notwithstanding some culturally/religiously presumptuous and dated material, the stories themselves are for the most part excellent and very engaging for a 6 year old to hear.