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Elfrida Vipont was born in Manchester in 1902. After studying history and music, she became a professional singer, free-lance writer and lecturer. In 1926 she married a research technologist, R. P. Foulds. During the Second World War she served as headmistress of the Quaker Evacuation School at Yealand Manor. She lived for many years in the north Lancashire village of Yealand Conyers.
She is the British author of nearly two dozen children’s novels, of which the best known are The Lark in the Morn (1948) and The Lark on the Wing (1950), both about a Quaker schoolgirl, Kit Haverard, who becomes a brilliant singer. The second volume won the CARNEGIE MEDAL. Several books for adults about the Quaker movement have appeared under her married name of E.V. Foulds. In 1969 she and Raymond Briggs produced a classic Picture Book for small children, The Elephant and the Bad Baby.
A smashing cumulative story which parents and babies can gleefully share as the elephant and the Bad Baby get up to one bad thing after another as they go rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta through the town on a spree of madness. Taking an ice-cream from the ice-cream stall, a bun from the baker, some crisps from the snack bar and a lollipop from the sweet shop without ever once saying ‘Please’ the pair are chased by a row of suitably irate shopkeepers before mending their ways and returning home to a comforting mum and a stack of pancakes. Total satisfaction all round.
The Elephant takes the Bad Baby for a ride and they go 'rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta down the road.' They help themselves to ice creams, pies, buns, crisps, biscuits, lollipops and apples, and the shopkeepers follow them down the road shouting and waving. All ends well as the Bad Baby learns to say 'Please' and his mother makes pancakes for everyone.
The Elephant and the Bad Baby is the classic story from Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs. The Elephant takes the Bad Baby for a ride and they go 'rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta down the road.' They help themselves to ice creams, pies, buns, crisps, biscuits, lollipops and apples, and the shopkeepers follow them down the road shouting and waving. All ends well as the Bad Baby learns to say 'Please' and his mother makes pancakes for everyone. Elfrida Vipont worked as a teacher, singer and writer. She wrote over 30 books and won the Carnegie Medal in 1950 for Lark on the Wing. Raymond Briggs has produced wonderful children's books including the classic titles The Snowman, Father Christmas and When the Wind Blows - all made into immensely successful films. Raymond lives in Sussex. Look out for these other titles by Raymond Briggs: The Snowman; The Elephant and the Bad Baby; Father Christmas; Fungus the Bogeyman; Raymond Briggs's Christmas Little Library; The Father Christmas it's a Bloomin' Terrible Joke Book; Jim and the Beanstalk; Father Christmas Goes on Holiday
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