Tuesday, 19 May 2009

.....with my little eye!

Oh how I loved these books!
To jump over the fence and into the woods, armed with either 'I spy Trees', 'I spy Birds' or 'I spy Wild Flowers' etc etc...was such fun!



My Grandma used to walk me all around the Devon lanes, at a place called Kingskerswell.
She taught me many names of wild flowers ...in the days when you saw a lot more variety in the hedgerow!




I remember having the I spy badge and joining the I spy tribe...and looking up to 'Big Chief I Spy'!

My books were in the 'News Chronicle' series.










Yes, I loved these books!
And so... I have decided to collect them once more.
Every child should have them, don't you think ?!
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Finally,I have discovered this fab little site:
and here is the I Spy link:
;-)

19 comments:

Floss said...

Those books were such fun. We even got our boys some of the new ones and Son 1 had an amazing holiday in the South West doing 'I spy Geology'.

KC'sCourt! said...

I wish they would publish those books now they are so interesting. I remember going on nature walks in my junior school albeit walking round the edge of the school playing-field looking and learning about the flora and fauna.
I wish I could meet someone like you who is like minded with nature and books!

Hen said...

Yes, they're very cute, Sal. I think we might have some train ones - what a surprise! Oh don't show me cuckoo pint. Our garden at the cottage is overrun with the stuff!
Hen x

THIS'N'THAT said...

Hi, Will see what I can find! Will you be sending off to 'Big Chief I-Spy for a feather when you complete each one? .... even if he is in a different time-space continuum ... as they say on Star Trek!!

skippinginthemeadow said...

I love all these beautiful books you show us and that plate with the hollyhocks is gorgeous!
x
Sumea

The Weaver of Grass said...

I loved them too Sal and spent many happy hours discovering and ticking them off. They didn't half help your general knowledge - and over the years have answered many a crossword clue! Were you an ovalteeny too?

Ragged Roses said...

I have a couple of those books, they are old and decrepit with some pages missing (but you could have them if you wanted - not that I;ve made them sound very appealing!!!!!)
Kimx

Carol said...

Oh me too Sal. I must have had quite a few, all gone now sadly. I think I had a badge, I collected badges too, remember the Golly ones? I did love them best. Shame we are Not Allowed To Love Golly anymore!!!!!
Cx

Josie said...

I had them as well! and my son(now age 21) has kept his,we spent lots of time going to the local park on the bus or having a day out on the train to the seaside and ticking the boxes. I was very pleased that he had kept them,lots of memories for both of us...
Josie x

Kitty said...

They still make those you know! When my kids were smaller, I used to keep some in my handbag, it was always a brilliant way to distract a tired or grumpy little person.

x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I've never heard of these before, they look so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

cocoa and blankets said...

oh Sal you always find such lovely lovely books which take us on lovely journeys thank you....

Menopausal musing said...

"I spy with my little eye...... that lovely plate again!!! (oh, and I remember those books too!)". x

galant said...

My parents sold those books in our shop in the 1950s! I only had one of them, the one on Musical Instruments and I put it into my Music Appreciation Scrapbook - we all have to make them for our music lessons at Torquay Girls' Grammar School - and it was the only time I won a school prize (a book, of course!)
Margaret P

Rosie said...

I don't remember ever having any of these books, but I wish I had because they are so pretty:)

Florence and Mary said...

It's so much fun finding books from childhood isn't it.

Victoria x

Josie-Mary said...

Great books, do they still do them?? I need a few little things for Olivia's 5th birthday on Sat, she's going surfing on mon so may be a beach one?? what do you think?? I never know what to buy them, I do try to make as much as possible :)

Rosie said...

I loved these book when I was growing up. First my big brother had lots of them. When I was older enough to read he started to by them for me. I learnt about wildflowers, butterflies, trees and many more things from them.
A lovely memory of innocent times.

louise said...

I vaguely remember I-Spy. These books appeal to me as an adult. I would not have appreciated the lovely artwork as a child. They certainly would make a great collection. x