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Book Title: The Big Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook|
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The author of the book: Joyce Lankester Brisley
Date of issue: January 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780753404836
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Reader ratings: 4.7
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First published in 1928, this edition is a complete and unabridged reprint of the first edition. It includes a preface by author Shirley Hughes and a short biography of the author.
I don't remember this book from my childhood. I don't know if I ever read it/was read to. But my Mother purchased it for my first daughter, and I read it aloud to her.
She loved it.
It became one of the first chapter books she confidently, and willingly, read alone. You can't fault that.
Ten years later and I'm reading it aloud to the next child. And she's just as enthralled.
There is an honesty and innocence to the stories. There isn't A Lesson to be taught. No Bad Guys, conflict, protagonists, sudden twists. M-M-M isn't naughty, her friends aren't bullies, she doesn't "make mistakes". The author isn't taking us on a Moral Journey. They are just stories of a little girl's life with her Mother and Father and Grandma and Grandpa and Aunty and Uncle, and her friends and neighbours. The stories may be old - pennies and frocks and pony-traps - but they hold up against the test of time. M-M-M does errands, earns pocket money, plays with her friends, goes blackberrying, willingly weeds the garden... All activities of children from every generation. M-M-M is simply a good little girl.
They're the type of story my daughter would write - one day she got up, went to the shop, visited her friend, had a tea party, and went home, the end. A story meant for children. As an adult, I find them dull and tedious. I want the conflict and interest. I look for complexity in the story, language and plot. But it isn't there. And it isn't wanted by the child enjoying it.
As a read-aloud book, the stories have a nice lyricism and joy. They are easy to read, and easy to follow. Each of the 13 chapters has a self-contained story leading cleanly into the next, a sweet continuity and progression without too much for the young listener to remember from one night to the next. The chapter/story lengths are easily digestible. And there is a scattering of simple, sweet pencil drawings to illustrate the text. The stories are calming and meditative - no action packed or heart wrenching tragedies just as we are heading to sleep! It is a perfect book to read aloud.
Age (taking into account comprehension, concentration, language):
Read aloud - 4+
Read yourself - 7+
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Read information about the authorJoyce Lankester Brisley (6 February 1896 – 1978) was an English writer. She is most noted for writing and illustrating the Milly-Molly-Mandy series, which were first printed in 1925 by the Christian Science Monitor.
The second of three daughters of George Brisley, a pharmacist, of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, Brisley's sisters - Ethel Constance, the eldest, and Nina Kennard, the youngest - were also illustrators. They studied art firstly at Hastings School of Art, then, following their parents' divorce in 1912 and the subsequent relocation of the girls and their father to Brixton, at Lambeth School of Art.
All three sisters illustrated postcards for the publisher Alfred Vivian Mansell & Co., with Nina (who also illustrated Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series) and Ethel becoming quite prolific. Brisley died in September 1978 at the age of 82.
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