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The humble Ladybird book - now a collector's item!

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posted on Oct, 22 2017 @ 08:38 PM
I wonder if any members remember the Ladybird range of books?

Since about 1940 they were pocket-sized (apparently an innovation to save paper during World War II), and they ranged from simple reading exercises, to fables and then all kinds of educational topics.

Apparently nowadays some original titles are collector's items.
Don't throw these treasures away!

What were your favorites, and do you still have any?

Nothing makes the heart gush childhood nostalgia like paging through a Ladybird book.
They taught me English.

posted on Oct, 22 2017 @ 08:46 PM
Some Ladybird oldtimers I found on my shelf:

posted on Oct, 22 2017 @ 09:01 PM
I went hunting through our local library recently for some old favorites, and couldn't find any.

That's child abuse!

No Ladybird The Incas.
I always wanted to steal that one, but morally couldn't bring myself to do it.
I should have - I probably would have saved its life.
Probably went to the "glue factory" back in 1995.

posted on Oct, 22 2017 @ 09:08 PM
You sure about the "half" part of your username?
I kid.

But I will definitely do some rifling when I visit my mom!

I love old books. We have two copies of originally pressed Frank Baum Oz books. Mint condition. I will never let them go.

posted on Oct, 22 2017 @ 11:52 PM
As a kid learning English, I could never pronounce the fricatives (the "thhhh").

I was always reading: "Timmy pets de dog, and then they run inside de house".

I mean in German it sounds like a lisp.
Your parents are aghast if you say "dath" instead of "das".

Then I had a speech lesson with Ladybird books, and I figured it out.
In English they actually want you to lisp!

Cool, it's like a baby language for big people!

Thanks Ladybird books!
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posted on Oct, 23 2017 @ 12:41 AM
Yes I remember them. I must keep my eyes open when going to the recycling shop. Thanks for the tip.

posted on Oct, 23 2017 @ 12:48 AM
RUN Pat RUN....

Crikey, how I miss Peter, Jane and Pat the dog...

Ladybird helped me discover a lifelong love of reading on paper...

Sadly but happily all my Ladybird and Enid Blyton books went to Oxfam when I no longer needed them, but at least other children and hopefully their children too profited.



posted on Oct, 23 2017 @ 01:06 AM
Looking at the titles in my pic now, it seems odd where I got my inspiration.

Not much fun without Masqua (a mod who passed away), since he was the only one who really followed my more creative writing endeavors.
Flip brother - I'll always miss you.
You would have liked this thread, I think.

But say in Ladybird's Dracula or some others, the illustrations are quaint, but Hollywood has nothing on them.
They must do a version true to these pics!
I dare them.
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posted on Oct, 23 2017 @ 02:06 AM
I can picture it, like in a Tim Burton style.

The roaring MGM Lion presents: Ladybird's Dracula!

At the premier half the people can come gothic style, and the other like ladybirds.

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posted on Oct, 23 2017 @ 03:07 AM
"Thanks viewers, we are live at the premiere of 'Ladybird's Dracula'.

And here come the celebs, walking passed us, going up the red carpet right now ...

There's Shia, with a paper bag over his head, and there's Mel with a brown paper bag sticking out of his pocket.

Tom Cruise was so excited because of his new girlbot, he starting humping the bouncer's leg.

Not much new to see here folks ... wait a minute, did I just see two enormous magic mushrooms walk past me?

Nope, it appears it was just Kim Kardashian in a Ladybird costume".
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posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 01:25 PM
Ladybird titles surface in 2017.

This time with new art, and labels on Quantum Mechanics, Evolution and the Computer.

posted on Feb, 4 2018 @ 06:46 PM
Not sure Captain Cook ever cooked.

Don't expect a cook-book.

Although one can serve man Pacific-style.

The Earl of Sandwich however, apparently did once make a sandwich.
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posted on Feb, 7 2018 @ 04:01 PM
Stone Age Man in Britain?

Must have been the Neanderthals.

All the males live in Britain, and all the females live in France.

Who ever can mate in the middle of the English Channel and swim back, gets a cookie!

posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 10:23 AM
Told the lady at the bookstore today.

She knows what I'm talking about.

But she says the few she sees she sells for pennies.
And they're usually not in good condition when they arrive.

Don't sell them for pennies!
Some are worth a lot of money.

posted on Jul, 25 2018 @ 10:28 AM
a reply to: halfoldman
Ladybird - The Incas.

I doubt you will ever see that again.

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