Fig 1 (above): Cover illustration by Harry Wingfield of the Ladybird book of Red Riding HoodI have received a lovely present from one of my students yesterday, a 1958 Ladybird book of Red Riding Hood. It has illustrations by Harry Wingfield (1910-2002) who illustrated the classic Ladybird Books Key Words Reading Scheme, Peter and Jane, that I grew up reading.
Reading about this illustrator of most of the books of my childhood I am amazed to discover that I grew up just half an hour away from his home at Little Aston in Staffordshire.
It is great to handle this book again after all these years and re-familiarize myself with the illustrations and to learn more about the artist who created them.
Fig 2,3 (above) Illustrations by Harry Wingfield from the Ladybird book of Red Riding Hood.
Fig 4(above) 5 (below)Illustrations by Harry Wingfield from the Ladybird book of Red Riding Hood.
The wolves eyes are particularly terrifying, angular and bright, bright yellow.
Fig 9 (above): Illustrations by Harry Wingfield from the Ladybird book of Red Riding Hood.'After tea, the Woodcutter took Red Riding Hood by the hand and went with her across the forest to her mother's house.The Mother was overjoyed to see her little girl home safely, and to learn that the Wolf was dead. With tears in her eyes, she also thanked the Woodcutter for what he had done."You need not be afraid to go into the forest any more," he told Red Riding Hood, "because the Wolf is quite dead and cannot harm you. All the same it is just as well never to speak to strangers, and to be home by sunset." THE END'
Fig 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9: Lund G, Red Riding Hood & Goldilocks and the Three Bears, No. 11, Series 413, Wills & Hepworth Ltd. Ladybird,