The Friendly Robin
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The illustration on our cover is taken from Think of an Eel, Karen Wallace, ill. Mike Bostock, published by Walker (0 7445 2250 1, £6.99) - see the article 'Facts... With the Freshness of Fiction' for more about this book and others in the 'Read and Wonder' series. We are grateful to Walker Books for their help in using this illustration.
Once there was a little girl called Elizabeth. Every day she went to Infant School. Her favourite lesson was Nature Study and she specially liked it when her teacher, Miss Cathey, told the children a story out of a big book called Enid Blyton's Nature Reader. The stories were all about birds, animals and plants. Quite often the creatures told each other about their lives or sometimes there were some children in the story who helped to look after them. That was all a long time ago, in the 1950s, so you can imagine Elizabeth's surprise when, one day when she was quite grown up, she was sent a book with some of those very same stories in it! 'Goodness, she said to herself, 'I remember these almost word for word. How very old-fashioned they seem to be now. I'll take them to read to the children in my own Infant School.' The little girls and boys she read them to liked them very much, and said, 'Can we hear them again?' This really took the wind out of Elizabeth's sails, I can tell you.