I've had a pretty good couple of weeks when it comes to the acquisition of Ladybird books for my collection. First my Mum hunted some down for me on a recent trip around the country, then the Findon Sheep Fair yielded some unexpected vintage finds. Finally, a trip yesterday to drop the car off at the local garage meant a wander around some previously unexplored charity shops and some excellent purchases. One of the shops had a whole box full of vintage Ladybird books, and I spent ages agonising over just how many I could justify buying!
This week I'm choosing a very timely addition to the collection - Going to School.
Published in 1959, this book pre-dates even my own primary school experience by a long time. It's in series 563, a Ladybird Learning to Read Book. Other titles in the series include 'Shopping with Mother' and 'Helping at Home'. It's aimed at both children already at school and learning to read, and as an introduction for those that are about to start school.
As with all Ladybird books, it has some wonderful illustrations. We follow a little boy and girl through their school day, from when they arrive and take off their coats and hats to when they leave to be collected by Mother.
Even though the children portrayed in the book are now grandparents, this typical outline of the day represents almost exactly what Harry does during his day at school - reading, writing news, crafts, role play, number work. I would actually love to spend a day at this school myself, with its singing, pottery and woodwork.
I'm joining up with Ladybird Tuesday at Being Mrs C, where you can find lots more vintage Ladybird loveliness!