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Elisabeth Beresford , Nick Price
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1 Nov 2010 The Wombles
The Wombles live in a beautifully snug, well-ordered and cosy burrow underneath Wimbledon Common - the perfect base from which to sort and recycle all the rubbish that unthinking humans constantly drop. But the Wombles' peaceful and harmonious existence is suddenly under threat. The heavy lorries that thunder along the roads near the Common make the burrow shake and tremble so much that it is no longer safe for the Wombles to live there. With a heavy heart, Great Uncle Bulgaria decides that the Wombles will have to move from the burrow that they have lived in for many, many years. And it is up to young Bungo and Orinoco to bravely sally forth and try to locate a new home for the Wombles...

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808337
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Now a new generation can enjoy the books'
--The Sun

`More than 40 years since the Wombles first hit Wimbledon Common, the six original titles by Elizabeth Beresford are back in print, with an environmental message that has never been more relevant. Perfect for 8-to 10-year-olds'
--Telegraph Magazine

`A genuine classic returns . . . A new generation will delight in the adorable Wombles of Wimbledon Common and, with their passion for recycling, they couldn't be better role models. Nostalgic adults will also love getting re-acquainted with the furry crew'
--Saga

`This charming series is as relevant for young readers today as it was in the 1960's' --Primary Times

`Those of us of a certain age will be delighted to see the return of those famous residents of Wimbledon Common. Orinoco, Uncle Bulgaria and the rest are a charming and entertaining bunch, plus, with their litter-picking way, they can teach us all a thing or two about recycling'
--Sunday Express

`No kid should grow up without having the Wombles in their lives' --The Bookbag

`Time has not lessened their charm and children reading them for the first time will be delighted' --The Scotsman

`The Wombles are back! A new generation of readers can delight in them, discovering their ethos and sharing in their most excellent and innocent of adventures. This is a masterstroke - I love them!'
--Books Monthly

`Endearing adventures involving gathering and sorting rubbish, braving meetings with humans and dogs and, in the nicest possible way, making sure the world is a better place'
--Love Reading 4 Kids, Julia Eccleshare

`No kid should grow up without having the Wombles in their lives' --The Bookbag, June 2011

`Time has not lessened their charm and children reading them for the first time will be delighted' --The Scotsman, June 2011

`The Wombles are back! A new generation of readers can delight in them, discovering their ethos and sharing in their most excellent and innocent of adventures. This is a masterstroke - I love them!' --Books Monthly, June 2011

`Endearing adventures involving gathering and sorting rubbish, braving meetings with humans and dogs and, in the nicest possible way, making sure the world is a better place' --Julia Eccleshare, Love Reading 4 Kids, June 2011

About the Author

Elisabeth Beresford first came up with the idea for the Womble characters when walking on Wimbledon Common with her two children. She started sketching out the characters that day: Great Uncle Bulgaria was based on her father-in-law, Tobermory on her brother (an inventor), Orinoco on her son, and Madame Cholet on her mother. She hoped that the Wombles stories would encourage children to fight pollution and to think up ways of 'making good use of bad rubbish'. In fact, the Wombles so charmed the nation that they were chosen as the mascots for the Tidy Britain campaign. Since then they have had their own television series, first broadcast on Jackanory. Elisabeth Beresford was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature in 1998.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A repackaged classic 27 Dec 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
To be honest we were sad to hear of the passing of Elizabeth so when we were given the opportunity to review one of these magical books of the Eco-Friendly characters we jumped at the chance. Whilst some of the language may be a little dated, the story telling that has always been prevalent recaptures the readers imagination as the wombles find their way to solutions as well as pass on their ecological message.

Beautifully told, backed with reasonable dialogue alongside some good prose and hopefully these characters will continue to fascinate another generation. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for bedtime reading 2 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All these books are great for bedtime reading to our little ones. Each book has a long story with each chapter being a self contained story which is just long enough (or short enough) for reading at bedtime. The chapters are easy to read allowed and have held our twins captivated. Plus you get to re-live all the adventures of our childhood favourite characters.

If any more are published in the series we will buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 13 Jan 2013
By TBDB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed reading these books again - well-written and we could all do to be a bit more womble-like! Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars The inspiration for the TV series, records, etc. 3 Nov 1999
By Frederick Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Published back in 1968, this was the very first of five Wombles novels written by Elisabeth Beresford. It's a well crafted, witty, and endearing work, intended for the older reader (8-11) and establishes the Wombles as the inventive, cunning and ecologically minded creatures that have charmed the hearts of millions. The TV series that followed watered down some of the detail and narrative in this book to suit the attention span and comprehension of younger viewers, but this is the Wombles as they were originally conceived. In fact, if all you have known of the Wombles is their TV series and short story picture books, then you are in for a bit of a surprise as you will find them to be far more sophisticated and inspired characters than one would gather from the TV series. In addition, without belabouring the point too strongly, Elisabeth Beresford manages to call attention to the wastefulness and alienation of human society, contrasting it against the resourcefulness and camaraderie of the Wombles. This was one of the very first childrens' books to introduce ecological concerns into its narrative and it succeeds without being "preachy". Come to think of it, the Womble maxim of "making good use of bad rubbish" has never been more appropriate or timely than for our own society...
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back The Wombles 10 Jun 2013
By Teresa Burt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved The Wombles. It takes me back to the television series with Bernard Crimmins, and I can just see those little fellows running around cleaning up Wimbledon Common. I would have preferred more illustrations, though, as my grandchildren try to read the books by themselves and use pictures to help them "read".
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader 4 Sep 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Humans are disgustingly messy.

The wombles are cute furry little anthropomorphic intelligent things that live on Wimbledon common, as a small family organisation.

Their thing is that they go around dealing with all the rubbish that gets left around. Entertaining enough with an obvious message for them kids.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Was Looking For! 4 Aug 2013
By C. Renee Womble - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Shipping was very fast and the book was represented very well as being in great condition- And it was!! It was a good price also.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good condition for uses 10 Aug 2009
By Sharon Keniston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a gift shipped directly to my daughter, but she is very happy with it. She said it looked carefully taken care over all these years.
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