Five Little Kittens, 1955, Series 401
This was the penultimate of the Animal Rhyming stories of series of 401 – although it became the last in the series when the subsequent title ‘High Tide’ was dropped from the lists. 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.
Matt boards. This copy is a bit unusual because externally it is in better condition than inside: I would call in VG externally but still good inside. The reason for this becomes clear when you open the book; small brown residue marks on the endpapers show that for most of its life the book must have been protected by a homemade cover – which has now disappeared. So the boards look fresh, the endpapers have those marks (see photos) and the pages are fairly well turned but good overall. This book dates from around 1970 and has an original price of 15p on the back.
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