Tuesday 17 September 2013

Ladybird Tuesday - Going to School

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.

Ladybird book 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.

Ladybird book Going to 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.

Ladybird book Going to School

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.

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood


  1. Ahh the memories....I remember reading books like that in school x

    1. The illustrations in particular are so nostalgic, and even if I don't remember owning a particular book they always seem familiar.


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