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The Wombles to the rescue

The Wombles to the rescue

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

The Wombles have just gratefully returned to their burrow on Wimbledon Common. They had had to leave because heavy lorries thundering up and down the nearby road threatened to make the roof of the burrow cave in. However, now that the Wombles are safely back, there is another problem they have to contend with

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories. General. Fiction 7+.
New] ed.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Elisabeth Beresford
Edition statement: illustrated by Nick Price.
ISBN: 1408808382, 9781408808382
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Previous ed.: London: Ernest Benn, 1974.
Physical Description: 165 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Wombles (Fictitious characters) Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6.1
Interest Level: MY
Points: 4
Quiz Number: 219343

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||'The six original titles by Elizabeth Beresford are back in print, with an environmental message that has never been more relevant. Perfect for 8-to 10-year-olds'
Telegraph magazine||'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'