Ant and Bee and Kind Dog, An Alphabetical Story by Angela Banner, 1963 first US edition.


Written by Angela Banner. Illustrated by Bryan Ward. First US edition, 1963. Franklin Watts, Inc., New York.

The beloved Ant and Bee ABC book series by Angela Banner helped generations of British children learn to read.

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"In previous books in this series, Ant and Bee have helped young children to read and recognize three-, four- and five-letter words, to count, and know their colors, and the names of the different countries of the world. Ant and Bee and Kind Dog is another gay alphabetical adventure - a progressive ABC written as a story, which helps children to learn more simple words. These, with words which have occurred in earlier books, are printed in red for the young reader to call them out as the adult reads the main part of the story. They easily become familiar through the delightful adventures of Ant and Bee and Kind Dog, who set off one day to trace a delicious smell that Kind Dog has smelled in the air, and make many friends on the way."

Angela Mary Maddison (nee' Lincke) (1923 - 2014) wrote twenty-two Ant and Bee books under the pseudonym Angela Banner, and also illustrated the last four books. She began writing the stories to teach her son to read, and published the first book in 1950. The books feature simple words, lively and colorful illustrations, and the charming characters Ant, Bee, Kind Dog, and the Zoo Man.

Bryan Ward (1925 - 1987) was a British artist who worked as a freelance animator and illustrator at the height of the era of animated film. He illustrated all but the last four Ant and Bee books.
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Condition*: Very Good. Missing dust jacket. Illustrated green cloth cover boards: Moderate shelf wear; light edge wear; light bumping at corners and head and tail of the spine; rubbing along spine; light soiling, front and back; light shallow scratch on back cover. Light soiling of some pages else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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