Today is World Book Day and schools up and down the country will invite the children to ‘Dress as a Book Character’ instead of wearing their uniform and do lots of book related activities. Every child up to 18 years old and in full time education will receive a book token.
This made me think about my favourite childhood books. I was a great fan of Enid Blyton and wished I could be one of the Famous Five having adventures and eating picnics with lashings of ginger beer (except I didn’t like ginger beer, but that was a minor technicality). The Adventure series (Castle of Adventure, Island of Adventure etc) was also good and the children always seemed to end up in exciting and exotic places. I also remember enjoying the Narnia series, Just William, Jennings, The Bobsey Twins and the Chalet School books.
One of my earliest book memories is a series of books by Ivy Wallace about a rabbit called Pookie. Pookie had wings and lived with Belinda, the woodcutter’s daughter, who rescued him from a terrible snowstorm. I must have been 3 or 4 when I first read them (or had them read to me) and loved them. The illustrations were beautiful – detailed and colourful.
Here is Pookie in all his winged glory:
Does anyone else remember Pookie?