The Old Woman and her Pig, 1973. This book, illustrated by Robert Lumley, was the 25th book in the original series of 27 Well-Loved Tales books. The text, as always in the books of this series, was written by Vera Southgate.
This must be one of the least known of the original 27 Well Loved Tales and was one of only two that were never reissued in a revised and updated format. Perhaps one reason for this is that it’s an odd and rather harsh tale. Robert Lumley does his excellent best with it – but the whole story is a bit bad-tempered. The only character that you warm to is the obstinate little pig – Lumley does a marvellous job of getting the pig to look at the old woman in a way that you can almost hear the words “Shan’t! Won’t” drift off the page.
The Old Woman and her Pig, 1973, matt boards, Illustrated by Robert Lumely. Good condition inside and out with nice clean pages. Slight discolouration and an odd scuff top of cover (see photo). This books dates to the early-1970s and has the original price 18p on the back.
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