As children we were always given books as gifts, for which I am so grateful. We also visited the library regularly and we would buy books in the library sales as well as charity shops - something I still do now. Some of these books still have the library stamp and '25p' felt-tipped on them, along with our own scribbles, grubby marks and food stains, which make them all the more precious relics of the past.
|The Hare and the Tortoise based on a fable by La Fontaine, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, 1966|
Brian Wildsmith is one of my favourite Children's Illustrators. He uses pencil chalk, pastel, watercolour and ink to create the most vivid pictures full of nature and movement. The details of the animals, the meadow grasses and flowers are so beautiful and full of warmth and wonder. This one has become Gabe's new favourite, for the story as well as the pictures.
|The Lazy Bear, Brian Wildsmith, 1973|
|Teddybears 1 to 10 by Susanna Gretz, 1969|
|Thumbelina, based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson, Illustrated by Elsa Beskow, 1979|
|The Ships Cat by Alan Aldridge and Richard Adams, 1977|
|The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by Alan Aldridge and William Plomer, 1973|
|Cannonball Simp by John Birmingham, 1966|
|Joseph's Yard by Charles Keeping, 1969|
|Wasteground Circus by Charles Keeping, 1975|
Do any of you remember these books from your childhood? What are the books with stories or imagery that have lingered in your mind? And do you still have copies of them? Do share them with us here.
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