This week’s Tuesday delve into my Ladybird collection brings us another ‘Easy-Reading’ book, but one very different from last week’s offering on the Public Services. Instead we’re being instructed to “Come to Denmark”.
Come to Denmark was the second title in Series 606G which was a series of Travel titles. The three books published in this series invited readers to come to Denmark. France and Holland. I’m not entirely sure why though!
Originally published in 1971 I suppose foreign travel was still a relatively new thing but the mix of countries chosen for this series intrigues me. Why Denmark? I need to obviously research this further, but maybe there was someone working at Ladybird who had a certain passion for the country? Who knows. It’s somewhere I’ve been quite a lot lately but I don’t know many people that consider it a tourist hot spot.
Come to Denmark does show its age a bit as a book and some of what it covers seem a little strange in a children’s book. There is obviously a large section on Copenhagen, with a page on the Little Mermaid, another on Tivoli and mention of some of the famous buildings in the country’s capital city. There is also talk of tours around the Carlsberg and Tuborg breweries. Not really children focussed attractions! The book then goes on to talk about seeing horse drawn brewery carts around Copenhagen.
A couple of pages in the book are devoted to farming in Denmark and I did have to smile when the paragraphs about how popular Danish bacon is around the world was accompanies by a laughing farmer holding two smiling pigs!
There’s no doubt that Come to Denmark is an informative little book – and one that I will consult again before my next trip there – but it still does seem a tad strange as a choice for a children’s book. I think there must have been a certain breed of Ladybird children who were educated in somewhat unexpected subjects thanks to their reading habits in the 60s and 70s.
Ladybird Tuesday is a regular feature here on Penny Reads where I delve into my Ladybird book collection and choose a title to share with my readers. The weekly series originally started on my old blog, Being Mrs C, and I’m now in the process of moving all those posts over to Penny Reads and also adding titles that I have acquired since then. A list is currently being compiled here of all the titles I have in my collection.