Here's an illustration from one of my favourite bedtime reads during childhood, Bunnikin's Picnic Party, a story in rhyme that you can readily pick up from pennies on secondhand book sites. Even though I was mesmerised by the story, I seem to remember being decidedly disappointed with the picnic fare. If I recall correctly it consisted of bottles of cold tea and hard boiled eggs. I had been mightily peed off with that al fresco offering at any stage during my childhood or adult life. Where's the pork pies, perfect eggy mayo sarnies or the crisps or chocolate for goodness sake?
|Photo: The Guardian|
A more serious minded article showcased illustrations from the wide range of books that Ladybird produced in this era. The titles included something to whet the literary appetite of all but the most lethargic kids even the crafty ones. What do you know! I actually made this spinner. I didn't look quite so neat, tidy and demure though. Mama Lovelygrey if you ever wondered why your envelopes kept disappearing.........!