Telling the Time, series 563, is, for me, one of the more nostalgic and evocative of all Ladybird books – although you could never tell that from the cover alone. 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 breakfast to going to sleep. 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. Mum’s hair is always freshly set, the children’s clothes are spotless. No task appears to be a chore and everyone smiles. And that was exactly what I wanted from my reading material when I was little. In fact, I’m not sure that much has changed …
In common with all the books in seried 563, Telling the Time was originally issued with a dustwrapper.
This matt copy has a notable fault that a child has marked a tick or cross on a good many of the text pages (see photo). Other than this, it’s a decent copy. It dates to the late-1960s and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside.
Out of stock