Monday, 31 March 2008

Mollie Clarke books ... Such childhood gems!

Mollie Clarke

A gem of a book is this!!
Published in 1953!

Published in my favourite place! ;-)
Wheaton had been in Exeter for many many years.
It once had a shop in Fore Street Exeter
Before that, I believe there were premises in High Street.It also had a factory on the Marsh Barton Estate, Exeter.
Here are some snippets from that great site, Exeter Memories:
Sadly, Wheaton was eventually swallowed up by some larger concern.
Years ago, I used to frequent the Fore Street shop as it was brilliant for educational publications.
And it was Wheaton that published many of Mollie Clarke's charming books.

Mollie Clarke books were a joy!

I remember many of them from my childhood.

Simple ,yet so charming!

With cute illustrations

Mollie Clarke became an Infant advisor for Devon.
I never met her but my mum was fortunate enough to meet her when Mollie Clarke occasionally visited the school in Torquay, where my mum was teaching.

I wonder if you remember Mollie Clarke books?

Mollie Clarke is no longer alive but her lovely books live on!


April said...

I have tagged you as one of my favourite blogs - please stop by and have a look

April xx

Simone said...

I don't remember those books but they remind me of Mabel Lucie Attwell books and I had those as a child. The images are so innocent and wholesome. I used to wear clothes like the children pictured! I didn't think I was THAT old!

retrorose said...

Hi, Just discovered your blog, can't remember how but I started at Flossie Teacakes and moved to someone elses. Love all the Ladybird book pictures. I still have a few from when I was wee. I made my first pincushion recently so was interested in seeing yours. I'll be back!

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Sal, I've never come across these books but they are absolutely delightful!
Lucy x

Mary said...

Sal I opened the link to Exeter history and have just spent an age looking through - so very interesting, especially the war years. I was taken to a panto at that Theatre Royal in the '50's and remember having high tea first in a posh restaurant. Also the The White Hart - and the very old cafe with the leaded windows for tea.
Don't remember these books but the illustrations are so sweet and innocent - oh for those times again! You really have a fabulous collection.

Off on a Spring Break trip to see family - Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania - see you when I return next weekend.
Take care - Mary.


I am so pleased we got to see Jenny Wren, I love wrens, they are just too cute for words! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures with us. I can't recall ever coming across Mollie Clarke books, I shall be looking out for them from now on, the illustrations are just up my street! Fancy your Mum having the pleasure of meeting Mollie Clarke, what a great story to tell. x

Alison Boon said...

Thise illustrations are lovely. A little bit like Lucy Mabel Atwell, or is it atwell Mabel Lucy, or Mabel Lucy.. hopefully you know who I mean.

Country Cottage Chic said...

I haven't seen them before but they are charming! I love old children's books too.

Rubyred said...

Love the Mollie Clarke books,I remember some of those Learning with Mother books too!Ahh,childhood memories,thanks for sharing.

Kitty said...

Absolutely beautiful illustrations, aren't they? x

twiggypeasticks said...

Stunning, wouldn't they make lovely embroidery motifs?
Twiggy x

Jennie said...

oooh I've tagged you too!
I love the way you show the illustrations. I love books, especially childrens books and I absolutely love your blog!

Suzie Sews said...

The illistrations on this are adorable...

Jon said...

I found this page when I googled Mollie Clarke. I have a book of hers (Wee One) to sell on ebay if you're interested in bidding. No one has bid yet!
Sorry to bother you if not.

Sal said...

Thanks. I saw it on ebay this morning,so am watching it.Hope you get this reply!! ;-)

Shirley said...

Lovely to see the Mollie Clarke books featured. I have 19 of her books. Although I am now a grandma, I have kept them since getting them when I was 5 years old (1953!). They have such lovely illustrations.

Sal said...

Oh yes Shirley,I agree!
Thank you for visiting!!
Sal ;-)