We're embracing the 1970s on this week's Ladybird Tuesday. Bedtime Rhymes was published in 1977 and even the illustrations in the inside cover and really take you back to the era of flares and platform shoes.
Rather than the standard nursery rhymes you instead get a mix of well known poems from the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and others where I've not heard of either the poem or poet before. One of my favourite poems of all time is also included, even if it does seem a bit dark for inclusion in a children's book.
The moon has a face like the clock on in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I think this is a particularly lovely book because it is just that little bit different – and I'm a fan of the style of illustrations (thanks to James Hodgson for those) and we actually end up reading this quite a bit with LMC at bedtime too.
I think Bedtime Rhymes belongs to series 413, but to be honest I'm not totally sure. A book with the same title was published in 1946, but the list of rhymes included is totally different. I'm guessing that this is a new version with the title just reused which is something that I know Ladybird did, but I'm not totally sure. I'll just have to keep my eyes open for earlier versions. I think I'm about due another charity shop trip!
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