July 23rd, 2009
|02:38 pm - Old Ladybirds|
Here are some super old Ladybird Book covers (and some other illustrations too) for sale as posters. These were the children's books when I was a little girl. I recognise loads of them:
Bunnikin's picnic party
Mick the disobedient puppy
Red Riding Hood (I loved that one)
Tootles the taxi
Gosh, Tootles the taxi. I think I can remember the poem
I'm Tootles the Taxi
I'll give you a ride
Just lift up your hand
And jump inside
I'm Tony the tractor
And I work the land
... can't remember
Ah. I haven't seen these for about 45 years.
British Wild Animals. Look at how beautiful those pictures are. I pored over these books.
Our Land in the Making. A two book series where I first learned about History.
This is a massive nostalgia trip for me.
|Date:||July 23rd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)|| |
OH MY GOD, the British Wild Animals are so achingly familiar, every picture. I don't know Tootles the taxi at all, but we had Red Riding Hood and Bunnikins Picnic party as well. Dude.
Achingly familiar is a great way of putting it.
I didn't think I knew Tootles the Taxi, but I recognise the cover. I recognise lots of those pictures. Especially the elves from The Elves and the Shoemaker.
What I'm finding from looking at them is that I have very mixed feelings - they are both comfortably familiar and also a little dark and disturbing. I'm not sure what that's about.
|Date:||July 23rd, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)|| |
I wonder if you could have a book encouraging children to get into random cars that stop for them today.
Only if the cars have nice friendly faces on.
Oh, how wonderful! We had lots of those, too. I still have "Learn to Knit" around here somewhere.
My parents had "Bunnikins" china, which I remember using when we were children. I bet they still have it.
They were really very well produced, with high quality pictures. I'm going to get posters for my brothers and sisters I think.
I remember some of the historical ones... The First Queen Elizabeth
. They probably brought that out around 1953. And then there was a series that was sort of geography as fiction, about two children who flew to exotic places with their father. I definitely had one about them going to the Holy Land (sic), but I think they went to Australia and lots of other places too. That must have been a long time ago, I remember them crossing into the Jordanian bits of Jerusalem and the stress on how friendly the locals were.This
must be from the geographical series. I also recognise the covers of Alfred the Great
and Alexander the Great
. And some of the Peter and Jane pictures.Edited at 2009-07-24 03:35 pm (UTC)
I think we had 'Flight three:USA'.
My daughter tells me she had a history elesson about how the Ladybird book of Richard the Lion Heart was wrong. Obviously still rankles with the teacher.
|Date:||July 26th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)|| |
I had another look at "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella". I remember being disappointed that Cinderella wore a white dress on the final night instead of the stunning blue gown. Sadly they only have the cover of "Florence Nightingale" up.
Some day I will find more Hilda Boswell art too.
I didn't recognise the name Hilda Boswell so I looked her up. I do know her work, though they weren't books we had when I was a child. This is a beautiful one I think
|Date:||July 26th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh her illustrations to that poem are one of my favourites!
Thank-you for finding that link.
As a child we had the "Treasury of Poetry" from which this comes and also "A Child's Garden of Verses". Her mixture of good naturalism and a hint of fairy has been instrumental in my mental development.