Front and back boards

Now look at the endpapers of the book (the inside cover and facing page). Does the book have a grey/brown, open-winged ladybird pattern decorating the endpapers?

Styles of endpapers

If so click here.

If not it will have a line drawing, using characters or images relating to the story.
This makes it an earlier edition. Between 1940 and 1953. The

To date it more precisely you can use the 'catalogue' in the back of the book. The catalogue is the page usually found at the back of an old Ladybird book that list other ladybird books in print at that time. As long as you know the date of publication of these books you can work out roughly when your book came out. You can use my lists (see the Bookshop on the home page) to establish this. Just check the appropriate series list and refer to the date of first publication.

For more information you might want to get hold of a copy of Steve Rudge's wonderful publication "Index of UK First Editions". Email him

Or you could email me.