The Three Little Pigs, 1965. This book, illustrated by Robert Lumley, was the 7th 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.
As usual, the tales with lots of magical animals in them were given to Robert Lumley to illustrate but in this book, and here he uses humour, energy and observation to create images that will create real drama for a young child at bedtime. This version is quite a harsh lesson on life and death for a young child. The first two little pigs don’t run away, as they do in some versions, but get eaten by the big bad wolf. As a child I found this hard to accept, but it didn’t seem to put me off the book – and the duel of wits of the third pig and the wolf delighted me.
The Three Little Pigs, matt boards, illustrated by Robert Lumley. In very good condition inside and out (quite unusual for this title to find in in nice condition: it tended to be given to younger children and get loved to bits). Little wear to the boards and nice, clean pages. It dates to the early 1970s and has the original price of 18p on the back.
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