Archive | June, 2010

rediscoveries

30 Jun

Do you ever remember things that you absolutely loved when you were like 5 and wonder whatever became of them? In the course of chats with my sister there have been recurring mentions of a character called Percival pea, ¬†Percival, if you’re not familiar with him, is a pea with some ¬†human like qualities- a personified pea you might say- he lives in a house, has friends over for tea (although sometimes he forgets they have plans and goes off fishing,very forgetful fellow is Percival), that kind of thing. He’s the co-star of a book called Percival Pea and Polly Pomegranate, which is one in a series called the Garden Gang. The gang are all fruit and vegetables that go around acting like people (Bertie Brussel Sprout was a brilliant footballer) and their names were all delicious alliterations (see Percival and co) except for Penelope Strawberry, that was perhaps an attempt by the author-who was only 9(!)- to go in a bold new direction.

So today, after maybe the sixth conversation in which Percival had somehow come up, Ellen and I got to reminiscing about the Garden gang and their adventures-we had nearly all the books-and just wondering what happened to them. So we decided to find out. I have to admit it wasn’t much of a task. The internet is so great. No need to rummage through the attic or flip through filing cabinets in some dusty library archive. Nope a few fractions of a second’s googling and here they were

http://www.easyontheeye.net/ladybird/70s/garden/793.htm

I’m pretty sure they’re out of print…I wish we still had them,they’re probably worth well into the zillions at this stage, especially the ones I decorated with red crayon. Well ok this one on Amazon is only 1p but surely that’s because Belinda Blackcurrant was one of the dud members of the gang? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gertrude-Gooseberry-Blackcurrant-Ladybird-Learning/dp/0721406246/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277069339&sr=1-2

All the talk of Garden Gang then led me to search out this fella

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Scarry

writer of another beloved series about things acting like things that they weren’t. We had this book and it was probably my favourite thing EVER http://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Scarrys-Busy-World/dp/0601070674/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277065045&sr=1-24

Mum’s friend gave it to us for Christmas I think, (the previous year she had given me this weird picture book dictionary yoke in French so she had a lot to make up for really). I used to just draw all the characters and pretend I was in the cat family. There was a really hilarious boy cat, bit of a Bart Simpson type who I wanted to BE…I was only like 4 or 5 though and I’m sure any 5 year old, or expert on 5 year olds will tell you this sort of aspiration was 100% normal.

Then I discovered that there was also a TV show of the books (I think I remember watching it actually)on TCC (REMEMBER TCC?!) which led to even more searching and rediscovering. I must say the successful unearthing of the childhood faves was a bit of a thrill. Gotta recommend it as a source of entertainment when it’s raining and you want to inject yourself with some of that lovely childhood joy..

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