Mary and John

Last Sunday at the market, I bought some old childrens books, quite a few of which have pictures of washing. This one is called Mary and her Family  (published by Ward Lock 1974, illustrations by Casterman 1963, 1964 and 1970).  In the first story, the children's mother has gone out, time is dragging and even the dolls are bored. They decide to surprise Mummy and clean the whole house before she comes home. Of course this involves laundry tasks. John is very helpful but Mary seems to be in charge...

 When she came home, their mother hugged them both and said, "What a splendid surprise! Fancy doing all that by yourselves. It's lovely to have two such helpful and useful children! Thank you very much!"   


  1. wow, I didn't know these books were translated to english!
    That's Martine (french) or Anita (portuguese) books, and they were great. I remember, as a kid, being fascinated by the illustrations :))
    Thank you for posting this.

  2. I've been telling my kids about this book. I too was fascinated by the illustrations, especially around their garden and pond!