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 is in very good condition inside and out, which is quite unusual for books in this series, which have often been loved to death. There’s shelf wear to the back and heavy rubbing to one edge of the spine but is otherwise in good, clean condition. It dates to the late-1960s and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside.
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