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Boys and Girls: A Ladybird Book of Childhood (Gift Book) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Warne (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723259712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723259718
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 3.1 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daily Express – 18th June

Boys and Girls is a warm and affectionate look at a collection of books that, in addition to teaching most of us to read, inspired many of us with lifelong passions. It seems in this golden age of retro reading Ladybird has a future'

Publishing News – 27th July - Top Title for Humour and Gift books

A gorgeous production number this, full colour, amusing commentary and so many familiar images decorating the pages. There must be thousands of us…all happy to shell out 20 quid to make this one of the top titles this Christmas

The Bookseller – 3rd August 2007

Autumn for Nostalgia

The book promises to recall and age when school dinners included liver and onions instead if turkey twizzlers, holidays included caravans and a bucket and spade, and craft sessions involving sticky backed plastic were ubiquitous. It will be supported by a range of vintage Ladybird-branded-merchandise, including cards, stationary and even deck chairs.

Sunday Times, Style Magazine – 26th August

Featured in 'Going Up' column on Style Barometer

Guardian Online– 3rd September

Boys and Girls: A Ladybird Book of Childhood. Full of familiar images from 60 years of Ladybird books, it reflects the astonishing worldwide influence of Ladybird on young children's minds, activities and literacy skills

From the Publisher

Boys and Girls is a celebration of childhood - a golden age of childhood - captured through words and pictures from the vintage world of Ladybird Books Ltd. Using the unique and incomparable artwork from the Ladybird archive to illustrate the common themes of childhood, this is a book that will resonate with everyone who grew up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Everyone has their favourite Ladybird book. Which one is yours?

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Markham on 25 Oct. 2007
There is no doubting that nostalgia is now big business. The latest fad is to be whisked back in time to your childhood - and if this book doesn't send you back to those halcyon days in primary school in the late 60s and early to mid 70s then nothing will. Back to an era where Playstations were unheard of and golden memories of times tables, the nature table, Christmas, Bonfire Night as well as that old stalwart Tootles the Taxi - they're all here. Flick through the pages and see how many times YOU say "Oh - I remember THAT!"
A gem to be treasured.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Goldsack on 11 Nov. 2007
This is a magnificent book. As the book says, everyone has a favourite Ladybird. Chances are it will get a mention in this publication, along with ones you read as a child but will have all but forgotten. Gorgeous illustrations (enlarged from the originals)and quotes from the texts in their original typeface, plus additional comments in non-Ladybird typeface that will bring memories of the times flooding back. My friends' faces light up with happy recognition when I pass this book to them, my husband and I compete to read it, and my little three year old is entranced by it. Even my father can remember the books from when he used to read them to me at bedtime, and we sat around the table today reminiscing over the pictures about the good old days (but were they as good as the illustrations make out?) Such fun. A brilliant present for anyone who read the books as a child, particularly for us 30-50 year olds who might be considered as difficult to buy for. Well done Ladybird, this is a winner. Let's have some fascimile editions of the original Ladybird books soon, please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jenpen on 15 Dec. 2011
From the moment i opened the cover of the Boys and Girls ladybird book i was back in my infant school learning how to read. All the excitement of wanting to get to the end of the pocket book and buy another one with my hard earned pocket money, asking my Mother is i could join the library and read all the ladybird books, and the moment when i stepped foot inside the local library a large victorian building with treasures of books paintings and the ornate marble floors which went on for miles or so it appeared to a child. The ladybird books introduced me to love books and that has gained me in good stead for the rest of my life. Thank you ladybird.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on 27 Oct. 2007
This is so nostalgic - it brings tears to your eyes. Talk about reliving every moment of your childhood. A great way to show your children how it really was. Everybody has to buy this book. You will be reading it all Xmas day. Absolutely brilliant !!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Secret Spi on 18 Dec. 2007
This is a really self-indulgent treat for anyone who was a child in the 60s or 70s. At amazon's special price it's also incredibly good value for money. The book is packed with original illustrations from Ladybird books covering everything from What to look for in Winter through to Winston Churchill! As the content is in a fairly random order (not chronological or by type of subject), "Boys and Girls" is a book to flick through and stop at whatever catches your eye. It's an amazing feeling to be confronted again by pictures that you haven't seen for 40 years.

While I'd give the book 5 stars for its original content and the concept, I do find it slightly let down by the current day additions. These consist of contributions from various children of the 50s, 60s and 70s with their reminiscences - which are mixed - plus short essays on subjects such as School or The Seaside which I don't find particularly insightful and finally, what seem to be "soundbite" reminiscences accompanying some of the illustrations. These "soundbites" are a bit odd: firstly, it's not immediately clear that they are NOT the original text and they don't really add anything for me - the original pictures really do speak for themselves.

Despite the criticisms, I'd like to thank the compilers and publishers for bringing out this book - it's made at least one middle-aged girl very happy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mumof2 on 20 Nov. 2009
I bought this for my sister-in-law who was of primary school age in the 1960s, and spent a long time reading it myself(!) If contains pictures from the original Ladybird books and has played around with some text from the original books in an imaginative way. There are also articles written by well-known personalities who would be children or young parents at the time. Great for those aged 40+ who remember a time when children (and I have 2 at primary school now) were allowed to actually BE children and not treated as small adults which they are certainly not. Let the imagination dream on....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2007
A delightful book that transports you back in time with just it's pictures alone.

You'll probably bore everyone in the near vicinity with your cries of "Ooooh I remember that one?" and "Do you remember...?" But the fun thing is, everyone had different favourites and there's something in here for everyone.

I was slightly disappointed that not all the front covers of books were included, as I'd liked to have seen pictures of more of my own particular favourites. But...lots ARE there and all the books are listed so if you've not quite remembered the title of one, this will clarify your memory.

An enjoyable trip down memory lane from pretending games and school milk with straws, to making things and junior science!
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