My Life In Books: Milly Molly Mandy

Joyce Lankester Brisley’s books about the little girl who lives in the white cottage with the thatched roof first appeared in the 1920s, and the enchanting illustrations are testament to the fashions of the era. There’s a nostalgic charm to the books that captured my imagination when I was a little girl.

Milly Molly Mandy lives with six grown-ups – Mother, Father, Aunty, Uncle, Grandma and Grandad, and her playmates are ‘Little Friend Susan’ and Billy Blunt, the blacksmith’s son. She always wears dresses with pink and white stripes. She is an ordinary little girl with an ordinary life in a small English village. Part of the charm of these stories lies in their simplicity, and I’m sure Milly Molly Mandy enthralls today’s little girls just as she did for my generation of little girls, and for generations before that, too.

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