I'm actually stupidly excited by this week's Ladybird Tuesday, mainly as this is the first book that I've managed to get my hands on from series 606A which is imaginatively called "Bible stories etc". The book in question is A first book of Saints and appropriately enough was a gift from Danny from Clouds in my Coffee who came across it when it was donated to his church's fund-raising sale.
I believe there were nine books in total in this series, mainly based on Bible stories, and this one talks about "our patron saints and other great Christians". I remember a term studying the Saints in what must have been year 3 at primary school and it's strange just how many memories have been triggered by reading this book now.
The book contains the stories of Saint George, Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint Patrick, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Christopher, Saint Margaret of Scotland and Saint Joan of Arc – although I possibly have to hang my head in shame about the fact that I've no recollection of ever hearing of Saint Margaret of Scotland before.
This particular book was first published in 1963 and the style of the illustrations is very much like that in many of the other Ladybird series at the time.
This book of Saints has had me thinking though about what a similar series would look like as a modern series. For one I'm guessing there wouldn't be such a focus on Christians, but I also wonder who the great religious people that might be included would be.
Thanks for finding this one Danny – now if you can keep your eyes open for any others I don't have in my collection… 😉
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