This week on Ladybird Tuesday I'm looking at a book from Series 563 - Learning to Read. I recently looked at another book in the series - Going to School - and now it is the turn of The Farm. The Farm was published in 1958, although this copy has a handwritten date on the inside of 1974.
The book might date from some years ago, but I would think that a farm today is probably pretty similar. The book visits each animal in turn, first looking at a home and then at the animal that lives there. The typical farm animals are represented - cows, horses, pigs, ducks. The final pages introduce us to the farmer and all his animals together.
This type of learning to read book is very different to the ones that my son is currently bringing home from school, which at the moment are very much based around the words that can be spelled out phonetically. I think, although I'm not entirely sure, that the Ladybird system concentrates more on frequently used words words rather than those which are easiest to sound out. There is plenty of repetition to help young children become familiar with the words.