Jack and the Beanstalk, 1954, series 413 was the 8th book to be published in series 413 – the second series of Ladybird books ever produced. The 413 series is quite a random mixture of tales and rhymes – but all for pre-school children. This book proved to be a forerunner for one of Ladybird’s most successful series ever – the 606d fairy tales. However the illustrations here have a very different style. They are beautiful and very much of-their-time – more stylised than the 1960s books. As with many of the books of the series, this one states that it was “told by Muriel Levy”. This was a celebrity tie-in of its day – Auntie Muriel was a well-known radio personality from Children’s Hour.
The illustrations are by Ruth Murrell – about whom I know almost nothing. I think this was the only book she illustrated for Ladybird.
Anyway, before you buy this book as a gift for someone, check whether the recipient wants this version or the version later published in series 606d.
This copy is a 6th edition from 1960. It’s missing its original dustwrapper but is generally in good shape. It’s a little worn on the spine but the pages are in very good shape.
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