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Ladybird in Focus: Animal Antics


5 September 2023
September 1
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road Reading Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom + Google Map
Closeup of a painting with a red hen holding a silver knife in her claw.

For decades, the ‘Well Loved Tales’ series has been enticing readers to explore exciting new worlds. Packed with adventure, these stories inspire us as children then fill us with nostalgia as adults.

Fairytales often include animals which are either friend or foe. These creatures, usually with human mannerisms, are not bound by the rules of our world. The characters, representing good and evil, allow children to learn moral lessons from their actions.

Now displayed in the Ladybird Gallery, this exhibition invites people of all ages to consider the life lessons provided by fairy-tales.

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Image Credit: The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat, © Ladybird Books Ltd., 1966.