I’m pretty sure there cannot be many people reading this that haven’t read a Ladybird book. We had many books from their series’ on our bookcases at home. They’ve been in production since 1914 and in the early 1970s they produced their Key Word Reading Scheme which was used by many Primary Schools. I myself learned to read using the Peter and Jane books.
I have to say, some of the early Reading Scheme books were a little basic and repetitive but the captivating illustrations made up for that. Ladybird have a long standing relationship with some amazing artists. Harry Wingfield is the artist that brought Peter, Jane and their family to fruition. His illustrations do conjure up a perfect world where there were trips out with sandwiches packed, fun to be had under a blue sky and a soft clean bed to be carried home to at the end of the day.
There were many different topics including nature, hobbies and interests, history and travel.
We had these titles and the cover and each illustration is so evocative. Many of them are now dog-eared and so well thumbed. They were read over and over to me, and then with the gift of reading, I read them myself and – who knows – maybe one day, I’ll read them to my babies.
And, as a mega bonus, I found these in a charity shop near my Mum’s house! Ladybird books in Welsh, ladies and gents!
It is with an introduction to Gareth and Sian (not Peter and Jane) that I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!