I have belatedly remembered another valued companion of my early learning experiences - Mickey Mouse! Mickey was 'born' the year after me, in 1928, (created as we all know by Walt Disney), and so we grew up together. The Mickey Mouse comic came out in 1936 and ran for 920 issues until 1955. It was, so my researches tell me, the first comic to be printed in full colour photogravure. It cost 2d or 2 pence which is .80p, ie less than 1p today.
My mother began buying the comic for me from the very first issue, and I can remember how, on returning from the shops, she would throw it through the open window to me, so that I wouldn't have to wait those extra few moments while she walked round the corner of the house to the door!
I have been lucky enough to find a picture of the cover of that first issue, and so that you can assess its value as an instrument of learning, I have transcribed here the words in the speech 'bubble' underneath Mickey and Minnie in the cetral star:
“FANCY, MINNIE, A TABLE WITHOUT LEGS”
“WHAT KIND OF TABLE CAN THAT BE, MICKEY?”
“THE ‘TOOSA’ TABLE, MINNIE –
YOU KNOW, TWO TOOSA FOUR, THREE TOOSA SIX –"