- The Public Services
The three books are typical of Ladybird's educational approach at its best. They all start with some historical background on life before the particular public service in question, details of where the resource comes from, and then the way the industry works today. Electricity and Gas have illustrations of typical household appliances, and cover the supply right down to showing how the household meter works (plus diagrams on the end papers of the various area boards). Water likewise covers everything from how water is collected in dams up to diagrams of a typical household water system. There was also an interesting 'limited edition' of this last title, which was printed for schools to go with the Yorkshire Water Authority educational programme, and differs from the normal edition in having the YWA name on the front and a different title typestyle. Whether this edition was available in shops or only supplied to schools isn't known. All three titles post-date the dust-jacket, and came with printed hard covers. With the selling off and privatisation of these resources, the books are sadly now as much a part of history as the notion of public ownership (can you imagine the shareholders voting away dividends to pay for school books?).