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The Wombles

The Wombles [Kindle Edition]

Elisabeth Beresford , Nick Price
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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'No kid should grow up without having the Wombles in their lives' (The Bookbag)

'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)

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

'Today's children will be as charmed as their parents by Great Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco, Bungo and Tobermory and their quest to recycle rubbish and put it to good use' (Daily Express)

Book Description

The classic, first ever Wombles book now available as a gift edition hardback with full-colour illustrations throughout and an audio CD containing three Wombles stories, read by Bernard Cribbins

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; Har/Com edition (1 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKY2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER
A scruffy, shaggy, slightly overweight, furry creature is riding around part of South London, barely in control of his bicycle. No, not the political memoirs of the incumbent Mayor of London. Better. Far better. It's Orinoco Womble and the gang are back!

Well, I say `back'. This is the original series - and this is the very first book. First published in 1968, Elisabeth Beresford's recycling Wombles could have been written yesterday and are right "on message" for current times, featuring loveable characters whose mischievous adventures make great bed time reading (and kids will enjoy them too!). At last, some sensible person at Bloomsbury has located the originals in Tobermory's workshop and seen fit to do with them what Wombles do best. Recycle them and put them to good use in this newly released series.

Elisabeth Beresford's wonderful creations were staggeringly ahead of their time in many ways. No one really spoke much about recycling back then - but she did. Then of course the great marketing bandwagon went into full swing - again to an extent that is now commonplace but then was little used. There was the wonderfully voiced TV series with Bernard Cribbins, albums with Mike Batt's music (who was the Simon Cowell of the 1970s) and merchandising galore. I know. I had most of it. But none of this would have been possible without the raw material of Elisabeth Beresford's exquisitely charming characters, residing underground on Wimbledon Common, collecting the rubbish "everyday folks" left behind.

There are some surprises. In this first book, Wellington Womble has yet to make an appearance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 3 Jan 2012
By NJC001
My four year old neice was absolutely delighted with this gorgeous book for Christmas - she has plenty of stories for bedtime and the added bonus of the CD of a selection read by Bernard Cribbins is lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got my niece interested in reading again 19 Nov 2013
By Ian E.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My niece started learning to read at an early age, and by the age of five had a reading age of eight or more. Inevitably, the problem arose that the subject matter in many books aimed at eight year olds isn't suitable for younger children, and books for younger children aren't very interesting for advanced younger readers.
Thankfully, The Wombles proved to be the solution. With interesting stories, strong plots and believable and fascinating characters, but without any content unsuitable for a five year old, The Wombles captured her imagination and reawakened her interest in reading. Having read the book myself I can see why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underground, overground, Wombling free! 11 Jan 2012
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book took me right back!

... way, way back to the days of watching The Wombles on the TV and first reading the book.

... back a little less further to student days at Whitelands College (now part of Roehampton University ... sort of ...) when we ran Womble hunts round Wimbledon Common

... back about 15 years, when our school's reward stickers had The Wombles on them, so reward time began with The Song

And it was still as memorable as ever!!!

A children's classic that can and should be revived!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wombles 8 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very good book with plenty of stories,illustrations really clear.The author really put her heart into these timely classics.A storybook that will last forever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Great Read 23 Nov 2010
When I was a wee lad I used to watch the Wombles on the tv, and get the books out of the library. Indeed I can quite distinctly remember wanting to live in a burrow. I was surprised and very pleased when I found out the other day that they were being re-issued, this one and The Wandering Wombles this year, and the other four titles next year.

This book I must admit must have made a distinct impression on me because as I was reading it I could remember large parts of it. This was the first book in the series published, way back in 1968 and some of the characters you may not be so familiar with if you only ever saw the tv series, such as the young female Womble, Alderney.

With plans afoot for Midsummer, the Wombles still have to get through the winter, and Christmas. With the burrow in desperate need of repair, and other exploits and adventures there is more than enough to keep a child enthralled, indeed if you remember and grew up with the Wombles like I did there is more than enough to keep an adult reading. With recycling such a big issue these days this book could help foster the habit into your children, as well as teach them about things such as sharing and friendship.

There are some great illustrations here by Nick Price, but they are rather sparse. Even so children will love this tale, and if they are too young to be able to read it properly, then it is something that can easily be read to them. It is great to see that after all this time it hasn't lost any of its original sparkle and magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift 13 Jun 2014
By Denise
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to get my best friend from junior school for her 40th birthday.

Why not a book published on the year of our birth and who else but the Wombles. Perfect.

In lovely condition. She was thrilled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book, excellent quality and very quick delivery, and all for a knockdown price. Thank you!
Published 10 hours ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars The book arrived promptly and in good condition. It is a lot thicker...
The book arrived promptly and in good condition. It is a lot thicker than I expected and more of a book for 8+ year olds.
Published 29 days ago by NWiggins
2.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Classic Lacking Charm
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The Wombles is set in Wimbledon Common, London where the Wombles live in an elaborate tunnel system beneath the common. Read more
Published 1 month ago by darklittlelady
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Pure Nostalgia!!!
Published 2 months ago by Julie Hayward
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Published 4 months ago by jeannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great for children
I use it for English language teaching to foreign students and is very useful to me and to them
Published 10 months ago by Frank Panadero
5.0 out of 5 stars great
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Twins R Us
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this for my 7 year old nephew, he absolutely loves the book & chuckles out loud at some bits,
Published 13 months ago by MR SIMON C AVERY
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book
I watched the wombles when I grew up now I can read the fabulous stories to my daughter. Great book
Published 20 months ago by Musicneil66
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book
This is an absolutely lovely book which is fun to read but which also has lovely cartoon drawings scattered through the stories which really add to them. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ImperialRacoon
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