I was pathetically pleased over the weekend to come across an absolute favourite story book of mine from when I was a child.
I was visiting my parents for Easter and have occasionally had a look for this particular set of story books but never found them. Anyway, my sister somehow knew where they were so (under the eves, accessed through a tiny door down the side of my brother’s bed) and dug them out for me.
There was two in particular that I loved – The Magic Paintbrush, and The Magic Stone, for reasons I hope become apparent. I loved the illustrations as well – done by Martin Aitchison. Mr Aitchison has his own website where he also sells original illustrations. I note there is a Magic Painbrush one there for £300.
I am also pleased to note that you can buy them secondhand and online – cost between £1.50 and £3.
The books are copyright Ladybird and were adapted by Fran Hunia from traditional children’s tales from across the world. Since it was about 20 years ago that I read them, I am going to do a terrible thing and scan the pages and put them here for everyone to enjoy.
If Ladybird is unhappy with this, please email me and I’ll happily pay a reasonable fee each time this page is accessed. Anyway, here is the first half of the The Magic Paintbrush.