Going to School, 1959 (matt)


Going to School, series 563, is, for me, one of the more nostalgic and evocative of all Ladybird books.  It was written by child-education expert Margaret Gagg and beautifully illustrated by Harry Wingfield.   It takes the reader through the assumed day of a 5-year-old 1960s child from arriving at school to leaving at the end of the day.  Now I was born in the 1960s and what is most appealing about this is the way Wingfield’s depicts domestic scenes with a perfect blend of accuracy and fantasy – yes, all the details of the book could be from my earliest memories and yet … everything is so shiny and perfect and happy.  The teachers all look calm and friendly, the children’s clothes are spotless and everyone smiles.

In common with all the books in seried 563, Going to school was originally issued with a dustwrapper.

This matt copy is in almost good condition except for a brown mark on the cover (see photo) and some extra rubbing to the spine and edges .   Inside it is in good condition – well turned pages and a few spots of foxing.  This copy dates to the late-1960s and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside

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Weight 0.11 kg