Toytown Frolics must be the one she would have had the longest as it has thick pages, big print and lots of little short stories. Mum was born in 1926, so this must date from around 1930. The Girls Budget is longer stories, many set in boarding schools, all jolly hockey sticks! I guess mum might have had that around age 11.
Bookano Stories is an early pop-up book, dating from around the same time I think.
These books would have been Christmas presents from one of my Mum's Aunts. Probably one of just a few presents they would receive. My Mum grew up as second oldest of 6 and her Dad was often ill so there wasn't a lot of money around. Mum's holiday each summer was a few days at a relatives farm just a few miles from home.
She always huffed and puffed if I bought books with birthday or Christmas money - to her books were just a waste of money. I'm very different to my Mum!
Nowadays almost all the books I buy are secondhand but I have a fancy to treat myself to a couple of new books from my wish list for Christmas, there are a few that the library don't have in stock.....but I'd better sort out some to pass onto a charity shop first.
The new header photo is where my lane joins the road (Quite funny that this road is called High Road!) and was taken yesterday.... early afternoon........ while the sun was shining and all the trees glowed gold and yellow.
I popped to Ipswich yesterday morning, the town was quiet and even more empty shops than there were when I last went. . Soon there will be nowhere to buy clothes except on line!
There was a time when pre-Christmas pop-up shops would fill any empty premises but not now.