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The wandering Wombles

The wandering Wombles

Beresford, Elisabeth; Price, Nick (Nicholas R.)

The Wombles live in a beautifully snug, well-ordered and cosy burrow underneath Wimbledon Common - the perfect base from which to sort and recycle all the rubbish that unthinking humans constantly drop. But the Wombles' peaceful and harmonious existence is suddenly under threat

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories. General. Fiction 7+.
New] ed.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Elisabeth Beresford
Edition statement: illustrated by Nick Price.
ISBN: 1408808331, 9781408808337
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Previous ed.: Harmondsworth: Puffin, 1974.
Physical Description: 224 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Wombles (Fictitious characters) Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6.1
Interest Level: MY
Points: 6
Quiz Number: 218853

Author note

Elisabeth Beresford first came up with the idea for the Womble characters when walking on Wimbledon Common with her two children. She started sketching out the characters that day: Great Uncle Bulgaria was based on her father-in-law, Tobermory on her brother (an inventor), Orinoco on her son, and Madame Cholet on her mother. She hoped that the Wombles stories would encourage children to fight pollution and to think up ways of 'making good use of bad rubbish'. In fact, the Wombles so charmed the nation that they were chosen as the mascots for the Tidy Britain campaign. Since then they have had their own television series, first broadcast on Jackanory.

Elisabeth Beresford was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature in 1998.


'A lively, entertaining and humorous book, stuffed with ingenious ideas and endearing characters'
The Times||'Over 40 years after the original book, The Womblesis reprinted, their recycling ways more relevant than ever'
Junior||'There's something wonderfully old-fashioned and charming about the "short, fat, furry" creatures. They are simple without being simplistic, innocent without being naïve, civic minded for its own sake'
Irish Examiner||'Today's children will be as charmed as their parents by Great Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco, Bungo and Tobermory and their quest to recycle rubbish and put it to good use'