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Peter and Jane

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Peter, Pat, a life-jacket and the Beeb

The BBC are making a series of 4 programmes, hosted by Kirsty Young I think, exploring aspects of social change through children’s books – or something like that. Anyway, I was contacted by one of the programme team who had…

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More on Peter and Jane

If the slideshow below isn’t quite enough for you, you’ll be relieved to here that I have just about completed the Gallery pages for the original Key Word Readers Books. You’ll find it here I’ve also finished the Gallery pages…

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Last Word

I’m pleased to say that BBC Radio 4 decided to feature a Douglas Keen’s life on the programme ‘Last Word’ this week. I got a phone call on Wednesday asking if I’d be interviewed for the programme – apparently to…

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Why the silence?

Douglas Keen was a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life. He was: visionary; arguably the main reason for the transformation of Ladybird from jobbing printers to publishing phenomenon the man who led Ladybird to enter the market of non-fiction…

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Jane!

‘Jane’ of the Peter and Jane reading scheme books was my heroine. She is the same age as me – but was never like me as a child. She always looked so neat and trim, with here little white frock…

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History, Trivia

The Little Boy who ISN’T Peter

Whenever anyone writes the story of the Peter and Jane Key Word Reader books, they, not unnaturally, tell a similar story: that the first Peter and Jane book was published in 1964, written by William Murray and illustrated by Harry…

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