Bunny’s First Birthday, 2000, Series 401 (60th Anniversary edition)


Commemorative edition – 60th anniversary Bunny’s First Birthday,  Series 401, facsimile edition, 2000

In the year 2000, Ladybird decided it was their diamond anniversary.  Fair enough – books like this were first issued in 1940.  Just 15 years later they then decided it was their centenary – but that’s another story.

To celebrate their 60th they chose 4 books to reprint in facsimile edition – and this is one of them.  The others were Elves and the Shoemaker, Bunnikins Picnic Party and Gingerbread Boy.

The original Bunny’s first Firthday was first published in 1950.  It was the 12th of the Animal Rhyming stories of series of 401.  The 401 series is significant in the Ladybird story because these books were the first ones published in the format that was to become the classic Ladybird format: small size, with text on the left and a full-page illustration on the right. After the early 1940s, all the books in this series were written in jaunty rhyme by Walter Perring and were illustrated by Angusine Macgregor.  The effect of this rhyme was to lodge in the memory of the young child.  Ask anyone who enjoyed this book as a child and the chances are they can still quote parts of the rhyme decads later.

This copy:

Matt boards, alight shelf wear to the back cover and a sun-faded spine but otherwise in nearly-new condition.

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Weight 0.11 kg