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Ladybird series 606d
Well Loved Tales
32 titles- published between 1940 and 1980
If you spent your childhood in the UK between 1964 and the 1980s then this series probably needs no introduction at all. At least one of the books from this popular series would have graced your book-shelf at home, or lived in one of the bookcases in your nursery or primary school.

Series 606d, commonly known as the Well Loved Tales, are among the most popular of all Ladybird books. Up to, and including 1980, there were 32 titles published in this series with another 16 being added during the 1980's.

'Tom Thumb', the 28th title listed in this series, saw a change to the style in illustration and cover design - the artwork in this book, and in later additions to the series, is not nearly as captivating as the Eric Winter and Robert Lumley (and Capaldi) illustrations of the first 27 books. The original 27 titles were reprinted in the 1980s but again using different artwork and updated texts.

Ladybird's popular fairy tales have been translated into more than 25 languages and have sold over 80 million copies worldwide

Each book in the series was graded for certain reading levels starting from Grade 1 through to Grade 3.

The first of the series was Cinderella which was published in 1964. This was immensely popular with younger readers and has now become a collectors' item - a first edition, which was the only one of this series to have a dust wrapper, can fetch as much as £150.00. Originally priced at 2'6 this title was revised and reprinted many times in later years.

Other titles include The Three Litle Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Beauty and the Beast as well as The Three Billy-Goats Gruff, and Rumpelstiltskin.

Below are listed all the 'Well Loved Tales' published by Ladybird books prior to 1980. .

Books in series 606d
All entries describe the first edition of each title.

Cinderella - Vera Southgate - 1964
The Elves and the Shoemaker - Vera Southgate - 1965
Sleeping Beauty - Vera Southgate - 1965
Jack and the Beanstalk - Vera Southgate - 1965
The Three Little Pigs - Vera Southgate - 1965
Dick Whittington and his Cat - Vera Southgate - 1966
The Gingerbread Boy - Vera Southgate - 1966
The Little Red Hen and the grains of wheat - Vera Southgate - 1966
The Princess and the Pea - Vera Southgate - 1967
Puss in Boots - Vera Southgate - 1967
Rumpelstiltskin - Vera Southgate - 1968
Beauty and the Beast - Vera Southgate - 1968
The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen - Vera Southgate - 1968
Rapunzel - Vera Southgate - 1968
The Three Billy-goats Gruff - Vera Southgate - 1968
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids - Vera Southgate - 1969
Snow-White and Rose-Red - Vera Southgate - 1969
Chicken Licken - Vera Southgate - 1969
Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs - Vera Southgate - 1969
The Enormous Turnip - Vera Southgate - 1970
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Vera Southgate - 1971
The Magic Porridge Pot - Vera Southgate - 1971
The Big Pancake - Vera Southgate - 1972
Little Red Riding Hood - Vera Southgate - 1972
The Princess and the Frog - Vera Southgate - 1973
The Old Woman and her Pig - Vera Southgate - 1973
The Musicians of Bremen - Vera Southgate - 1974
Tom Thumb - Vernon Mills - 1979
The Ugly Duckling - Lynne Bradbury - 1979
Pinocchio - Audrey Daly - 1979
The Emperor\'s New Clothes - Lynne Bradbury - 1980
The Little Mermaid - Enid C King - 1980

Change in style
The following books in this series see a change to the style - the artwork is not nearly as captivating as the Eric Winter and Robert Lumley (and one by Capaldi) illustrations of the first 27 books.