Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Nostalgia





Caption: The Courtship of Snapperty




Surely I cannot be the only person who grew up in the 1950s who remembers the charming children's book, "Snapperty the Spider"? It was first published in 1956 by Lawson & Dunn, and was written by John de Quincey, an author of whom I know nothing other than that he penned this delightful tale. Here, we see Snapperty, the garden spider, whose mother taught him to make (or 'knit') a web, despite the tradition that dictates webs are the province of females ("Two purl, one plain, Three purl, one plain..." we hear him saying to himself), falling in love with a beautiful lady spider whom he will later marry. A nasty shock, however, awaits him on his honeymoon......erm, well he is a male spider after all!




Still, this is a childrens' book, and I'm pleased to report that, despite the arachnid odds, a happy ending awaits....




7 comments:

  1. My favourite book! Especially as it used to make my mother green with all the "blood and gore" in the battle scenes.

    Wish I still had it.

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    1. I still have it - the illustrator was my great uncle, I have loved it all my life!

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    2. Can you tell me some more about him, please?

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  2. Any suggestions as to where I might be able to buy a copy? Thank you.

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  3. My granddad wrote this book, I didn't know it got much further than the family! I'm glad that you all had the chance to enjoy it! :)

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    1. Your granddad was a genius. The book is a gem, and was/is one of my firm favourites. I still have it, and read it occasionally. Snapperty and Gnat and Co., are immortal. Thanks so much for posting this.

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  4. I grew up with Snapperty. My copy is still within easy reach, and I loved every page of this unacknowledged classic. Were you terrified of the Enchanter ? I was. Thanks for posting your tribute.

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