Three very old friends.
and well loved.
Yesterday whilst at a rugby match with my parents I bumped into my old junior school headmaster. It was a lovely surprise, he was one of those inspirational teachers you never forget. He still remembers me not because I was a particularly memorable pupil but because my dad regularly bumps into him at rugby matches. And he remembers you Ian and asked after you! Anyway meeting him had me heading down memory lane which was how I came to dig out these old books which date from my junior school years.
I remember doing this one at infant school. The teacher allowed us to choose four colours each. I chose red, pink, black and white. The result was very stylish. We made them into calendars. All very psychedelic, this was the seventies after all.
This was a project my infant school teacher did not attempt with a class of 5-7 year olds. Can you imagine it ever getting into a children's book today? Very effective technique though.
I'm sure this book was owned by many of you. A real Puffin classic. Illustrated by the wonderful Shirley Hughes it takes the reader through the year with games, projects, customs and poems for each month.
I remember making this handkerchief mouse from the January chapter -things to do while you are bedridden with winter ills, not that I ever remember being bedridden.
And this dolls' house made from the ever-dependable Clarks' shoe boxes.
I adored this. Not a book but a folder.
Containing a map and story cards.
How I loved this map of the village. The idea was that you used the story cards to plan a day's visit to this village beginning at the train station.
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Each story card featured something on the map.
What about you? Do you still have books from your childhood that you can't bear to part with? If you regret letting them go you will be amazed at what you can find on sites like Amazon. I have tracked down several second hand copies of old Puffins for pence.
Ooh I got all excited then when I read a comment from someone who also remembered Willy Mouse -then I realised it was from someone called ME aka My Mother. Yes ME I do still have Willy Mouse and he surely wins the prize for being the oldest -look 3s 6d -pre-decimal.
Here he is collecting ingredients to make his 'Christmouse pudding'.