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Ladybird Life – in video

I’ve just come across the wonderful archive clip. I think it was made by Harvard University to ‘represent’ English life in 1949. But isn’t it quintessentially Ladybird? How many different classic Ladybird books can you see echoed in this clip?…

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A bit late …

… as a result of the summer holidays, but here’s the link to the great feature on the BBC’s episode of ‘Flog it!‘ from Loughborough with a lovely little feature on Ladybird Books and interview with the lovely Kathie Layfield.

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From Writer to Artist – part 2

Back in June I mentioned having a couple of letters from L du Garde Peach, writer of the History series, written in the early 1970s to his illustrator, John Kenney. By popular demand – both of you 🙂 – here…

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A Couple of Interesting New Sites

I have recently come across this unusual website: The Visual Telling of Stories Ladybird:http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/m/mcov/lbb.htmNavigation around the site is unconventional – I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t more things Ladybird than I’ve uncovered. My favourite part so far is the…

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Series 563

One of the best loved and nostalgic series for Ladybird lovers is series 563 – ‘Learning to Read’. A sort of early precurser to the Key Word Reader series of the 1960s, the artwork of Wingfield, Driscoll, Robinson and Tunnicliffe…

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Something soothing (or terrifying?)

Do the words ‘Peter and Jane’ take you back to a warm, fuzzy, nostalgic place in your memories? The rosy-tinted hues of distant childhood? Or do they remind you of the horrors of primary school, of being tortured into reading…

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From Writer to Artist

A few weeks ago I delighted to be given a couple of letters which were written by L du Garde Peach to John Kenny. Now if you love the History series of Ladybird Books, (Series 561) those names will be…

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