Thursday, 29 January 2015

Ladybird  Books were 100 years old on January 12th this year.

This brought back so many memories of reading the little books aloud and sharing the stories with all the children I knew. When I looked on my shelves today I realised that I'd kept 22 of these delightful  books and as I scanned through them I saw them not only as entertainment
but as social history as well.

At the time I simply thought the books were beautifully illustrated fairy tales or stories about small animals behaving like humans. Later there were the Key Words Reading Schemes  and for older children, the books on Nature, full of information about British birds or bats or big game in Africa.  For even older children there were the “Achievement” books telling the story of furniture across the centuries or the development of the car and so on. There were also adventure books and historical ones.  There was even a special publication to commemorate the engagement and wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


published in 1959 
Children had milk in glass bottles at play-time.

School meals were being served.

From "THE PARTY" 1960.
Notice the boy's hair is very short while the girl has plaits

The bedspread is candlewick - very popular at that time.
The little girl wears an elaborate pinafore to work in.

"PLAY WITH US."  1964.

Now both children are in  jeans and t shirts and have 
casual shoes.  The boy's hair is longer than before and the girl's hair is worn loose.

From one of the "ACHIEVEMENTS BOOK" 1974.

Modern Chairs and their Designers.

"A Ladybird for a Royal Occasion."

I will put all these wonderful little books back on my shelves and treasure them as I've always done.  I hear the more recent ones are different shapes and sizes which seems to spoil the fun.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year to all my Blogging friends.

Christmas has come and gone in a very happy way this year; spent mainly with family from toddlers to teens and with their parents and grandparents; even the dogs have been part of the celebrations..
We've had meals together and all the fun of  unwrapping presents; their bright paper transforming the plain carpet into a sea of colour..

But now another year has begun.  My good resolution is that each morning I will continue to write as well as finding some time for reading later in the day.
Recently I've been introduced to novellas, slim books that can be digested in an afternoon - J L Carr's charming tale "A Month in the Country."  "Death in Venice" by Thomas Mann and Ian McEwan's "Chesil Beach." But in contrast I am now attempting to read a doorstop of a novel, "The One Plus One," by Jojo Moyes. With 516 pages I felt completely daunted at first but am now absorbed in its story-line of a single mother struggling to cope against all the odds.

Good luck with your New Year resolutions whatever they may be!