14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Quaint little read,
This review is from: The Family from One End Street: And Some of Their Adventures (Puffin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This is the story of life in the Ruggles family. The father is a dustman and the mother takes in laundry. There are 7 children- three girls and four boys. This book is full of charm and humour of what life was like for a large family in the 1930s. We hear about their adventures and the fun and mischief they get up to in times when children could enjoy their freedom, and how they entertain themselves for next to nothing, which is just as well, because the Ruggles were very poor. Amongst their exploits they allow a stranger to draw them and then pay for them to go on a boat trip - without asking their parents! Go on a car journey with strangers and visit their home! ... Things that we would never dream of allowing our children to do nowadays, but at the same time makes the reader feel sad that the days of trust innocence have long passed us by. A wonderful book full of heart-warming characters.
The Puffin edition that I own is full of Eve Garnett's gorgeously sweet illustrations that really add to the quaintness of this book.