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“A Darling Book!” - What Skye Wedding Photographers are Reading
18 July 2014

When Roz was little, I used to say that books are your friends and so, even as a toddler, she loved and respected them.

Every so often, at very rare moments in life, you meet with a soul mate and a few years ago, Roz and I met one, Jeanne from Nebraska and we all fused a deep friendship. While Jeanne was visiting Skye, we shared a book with her - “The Family From One End Street” written and oh-so lovingly illustrated by Even Garnet in 1937! Jeanne’s comment, in her attractive drawling accent was, “It’s a darling book!.” And that pretty well sums up the first in a three-book series. Mr Ruggles, the father is a dustman, Mrs Ruggles runs her own laundry from home and they have seven children! Like many people, they all suffer chronically from ideas which leads them into adventures, mishaps and happy outcomes.

The books can be read with your children and enjoyed by adults, taking the reader back to a simpler era. In the first book, each chapter is a self-contained story. So, it’s ideal to read with children. I love the fact that Eve Garnet has brought her own characters to life by drawing them, as she saw them in her own mind and, really, the illustrations are every bit as good as the plots. The books have been reprinted a number of times but I prefer the Puffin ones with Eve’s illustrations on the cover (as shown above) - and these are becoming harder to find, especially the third book, “Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn.”

Like special friends, I am revisiting this series of books and enjoying them as much as ever! I hope you might make friends with these too if you haven’t already.

Norma x


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