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  • It was first published as long ago as 1964, but continued to be reprinted for a long while thereafter, certainly long enough for me to have a copy of the book myself when I learned to read in the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • A bit more problematic, I think, is a sequence later in the book in which Peter and Jane visit their local toy shop - and take their dog inside as well

    • by fredhound
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      Play With Us is the very first book (labelled as book 1a) in the classic Ladybird Key Words Reading Scheme, which for many years was extremely popular in both schools and homes in the United Kingdom. It was first published as long ago as 1964, but continued to be reprinted for a long while thereafter, certainly long enough for me to have a copy of the book myself when I learned to read in the late 1970s and

      early 1980s.

      Being a classic Ladybird book, Play With Us is a well-produced and attractive thin hardback with sturdy cardboard covers. The cover illustration is, once again, a classic of its kind, showing Peter and Jane - the two main characters of the series’ books - poking their heads out of a play wigwam. Although this, and indeed Peter’s feathered head-dress, might well be seen as politically incorrect nowadays, back then nothing but simple childish fun would have been ...


      • intended.

        As you would expect from the very first entry in the series, this is an extremely simple book. Each double page spread consists of a short sentence or two on the left, and a beautifully drawn illustration on the right. The text is done in a very characteristic curved sans serif hand that is highly redolent of the era, but which sadly has now fallen rather out of fashion in favour of a rather more straightforward look.

        A bit

        more problematic, I think, is a sequence later in the book in which Peter and Jane visit their local toy shop - and take their dog inside as well! Peter is shown looking at, and eventually getting, traditional “boys’ toys” such as cranes and trains, whereas Jane is more interested in the dolls - although, to be fair, the one she chooses does have dark skin! This apart, however, the book remains a charming if dated introduction to reading.



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