Earlier today I posted this photo on Google+ and it obviously brought out the nostalgia in a few people despite the incredibly well-worn nature of the books!
I was directed to Being Mrs C's Ladybird Tuesday. I've spotted her posts before, but it's been a long while and I'd forgotten about them.
Ladybird books are such a huge part of my childhood, they all seem so familiar and I'm not sure if I read them, borrowed them from the Library or just feel familiarity and contentment.
My books are so worn out because not only were these mainly second hand, but even my oldest child is now 20, and so they've spent at least the last 19 or so years being read by me. The 3rd Picture Book and Nursery rhymes were mine when I was small. I think a book that's been read to death has to be a good thing, surely?
I know we have several other Ladybird books, I had a look through another bookcase and found these, which I consider to be new, but the youngest among them is in fact 13 years old.
In amongst them was a gem though. Talkabout Holidays was a real pleasure to find because that is another one of mine (although the graffiti is the work of one of my children). It lived at my Grandparent's house when I was a girl, and I guess it must have been bought new because I would have been 6 when it was printed.
My holidays were mainly in a caravan in Skegness, it was an aspirational book for me, one day I'd be rich enough to go on an aeroplane and have a suitcase!
I always felt the puzzles at the back were too simple, and now I know they definitely were! And as many times as I've read this book, I always remember the little story to be funnier than it actually was!
Somewhere we have more, somewhere in our house is the book with the really quite scary science experiments that you can do in your own kitchen using batteries and other scary things.
The book I'd love to find though, the one I remember most from my childhood is Cinderella. It was my sister's book, and I was totally smitten with the blue dress that is worn to the ball. I was going to get married in that dress when I grew up....