MysteryLadybirdBooks

I find it amazing how many friends of mine now know about my love of vintage Ladybird books thanks to this blog and I love it when one of them surprises me with something they've found at a jumble sale of in a charity shop. Last week I was delighted to receive a mystery parcel with three wonderful Ladybird books in it. I have absolutely no idea who on earth these are from – and there wasn't even a postmark to give me a hint! So, if it was you thank you do much – please reveal yourself though.

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So now on to one of the books from that mystery parcel – Lives of the Great Composers Book 2. Back at the start of the year I featured the book Musical Instruments which was another title from this series 662, History of the Arts. It was a series that I wasn't all that familiar with, yet one that I'm enjoying now getting to know.

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This title covers the three composers Handel (1685 – 1759), Haydn (1732 – 1809) and Schubert (1797 – 1828) and for each of the three we are given a story of their lives, their first musical experiences and what brought them fame and success.

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I really like the way that a human side of these three men is built up and you get an insight into the personality behind their music. I think, especially as a child, it can seem like these composers weren't really real, simply because they lived so long ago and as a result some find their music "boring". Adding that character removes any chance of them being considered boring in my opinion.

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As with so many of the old Ladybird books the accompanying artwork (by Martin Aitchison) is beautiful and really helps bring the text to life. I love the way that the faces in particular convey so much personality and this picture is a favourite. With the caption "a nervous Schubert runs out of the room rather than meet Beethoven" the look on Schubert's face just makes me laugh.

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How could you look at this picture and not have more of a feel for his personality?

If you have a collection of old Ladybird books then please feel free to join in with Ladybird Tuesday. There are no formal rules to follow, just leave a link to any post you write in the comments below and if you're feeling kind link back to my Ladybird Tuesday category here on Being Mrs C. Thanks!

 

1 Comment

  1. I really miss my Lady bird books

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