The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley

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" Parsley the Lion " 
Same book -2 print runs

Left - The 1st publication in 1972
By Armada Lion [William Collins]

Right
A 1994 reprint [Diamond Books]

Both have 9 stories mirroring episodes from the sequel.

1.  Dill's Dabbles
2.  Egg Trouble
3.  Parsley's Endurance Test
4.  Parsley's Invention
5.  Mr.Onion and Self-defence
6.  Dill's Television
7.  Parsley's Car
8.  Parsley's Breakdown
9.  Dill's "Who's Who" Entry.

Written by Michael Bond 

Drawings by Ivor Wood. No stills.

So,Michael Bond ensured the kids got plenty of gags & slapstick,but also gave the adults plenty of the dry,sardonic wit and philosophical musings that they'd enjoyed so much from Dougal and friends.....whilst ostensibly just waiting for the news broadcast that followed of course !

Photo of interior
All 3 books are very similar in format & style,so this one double page interior shot is representative of them all - here.
" Parsley Parade "

This was also brought out in 1972 to accompany the 'Parsley the Lion" version.
But,unlike it's sister publication,it didn't benefit from that later reprint.
It had a different 9 stories lifted from The Adventures of Parsley.
All the other publishing details are the same.And the stories are as follows:-

1. The Sound of the Sea
2. Holiday Time
3. Looking into the Future
4. Exam Time
5. Looking for Work
6. Parsley's Telegram 
7. Dill's Stately Kennel
8. Dill's Restaurant
9. Dill's Pop Group.

Not just for kids ....

These two books prove why The Adventures of Parsley struck such a chord with mums and dads as well as their kids.

The Herbs had been a Watch With Mother lunchtime series designed solely for pre-schoolers.But the sequel had to appeal to a much broader audience, as it filled the early evening slot vacated by The Magic Roundabout.
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