Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Rocket-ship (1952?)

The last of my British books for December.

Christmas is finally here! And now you can get your present from me, your very own 1952?rocket-ship plus a story to go with it!

The Rocket-ship is undated but was from Balfour Pub. Ltd. 

I love space toys and this seemed just the thing to share with you for my last post of the year. I hope you had a good year and are looking forward to 2015 (with your very own rocket).  Peace and love to you all and keep 'em flying!

And now you can get your rocket!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The World of Ann Martin (1963)

Next in my British series is the 2nd book from "The Space Age Readers" series.  The World of Ann Martin.

These pages are a little "text heavy" but I promise your reading experience will be rewarded by some of the stranger school reading material I have ever encountered (even taken a little out of context).

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Space Age (1962)

Next in my British series are books from "The Space Age Readers" series.  #1 in the series is "The Space Age."

These are very peculiar school readers. The illustrations are stiff, the colors are odd, and the text reads like an exercise in surrealism. I have only found 2 of the 4 in the series but you may fall in love with them as much as I have.

But wait there is more!~ They use this idea of the world is round to introduce different children from around the world (all while reminding us that it is The Space Age!)

Be sure to check out my post on ""The World of Ann Martin" if you like this (coming soon)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Look and Learn Annual (1964)

I am going to start of run of British space books leading up to the holidays. The first is this Look and Learn Book 1964

British Annuals were both a favorite gift at Christmas and a sort of "Reader's Digest" of information for children. Many had articles and illustrations about spaceflight along with many other subjects and activities.

Not only were their colorful illustrations but there were often articles by British popular science writers. Patrick Moore (basically the Carl Sagan of space stuff and astronomy) often contributed these articles about the brave new future children would grow up in.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Space Book (1962)

Longo, Angelo and Barry, Catharine. Illustrated by Longo, Angelo. The Space Book. New York: Paxton-Slade Publishing Co. (44 p.) 29 cm. Illustrated Boards,

A very interesting book that I don't think I have shared before (after 400+ books it begins to get a little foggy).

With 2 color drawings it has basic text about astronomy, rockets and the manned exploration of space.  Simple illustrations include planetary surfaces, spacesuits, various launch vehicles and spaceships of the future. "Paxton-Slade Picture-Story Books" No. 404.