I have a passion for children’s readers- and I remember Fay and Don from primary school [must have been an old edition then – I’m a child of the 60s.] I also remember Dick and Jane and managed to collect a copy of that reader- and the infamous Gay Days, which I also have [see post below.]
Even as a child I remember the stilted stories: “See the cat, Fay.” “Yes, Father, I see the cat.” Reading them as an adult is even more hilarious. It was the illustrations that got me in, and the idea that Mother and Father were so important as to warrant a Capital Letter – and that the family seemed to be harmonious. Fay and Don – the daughter and son of the books title – were quite egalitarian and there was no hint of gender disparity. Quite different from the world that I experienced.
It’s interesting the role that nostalgia plays in collecting – I remember this book with such fondness, even while I laugh at it now as an adult.
Fay and Don is in good vintage condition, and is for sale: $AUD35