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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Ladybird


Remember those ladybird books?  Fairy stories, people at work, how things work, the science and nature series, it all began 100 years ago.  Some of the images seem dated and portray outdated stereotypes by todays standards.   However they were a major part of several generations of children's learning.

I was surprised to learn that the series "how things work" were used to help teach adults in industry, for example how a computer works or how a car engine works.

To celebrate the century, an exhibition of the illustrations accompanied by film footage with an interview with the creators daughter is currently showing at the House of Illustration at Granary Square, in Kings Cross until 27 September 2015.  Accompanying the exhibition are a series of workshops and discussions inspired by the books.

6 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

I don't remember the books but that picture brings back memories from my childhood.

William Kendall said...

It must have been a series that didn't make the crossing of the ocean.

Dave said...

I remember reading these to the kids. Great books.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Great books and remember the Observer series full of facts..

Angie said...

I remember them!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

That's interesting - Ladybird books were brilliant, if not 100% accurate. I was practically weaned on the history series 561...so now you know.

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