Monday, 13 February 2012

Book of the week; Mother Goose Rhymes illustrated by Susan B. Pearse

Curly-locks, Curly-locks wilt thou be mine? Thou shalt not wash the dishes, nor yet feed the swine; But sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam, and feed upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.
Little Polly Flinders sat among the cinders, warming her pretty little toes. Her mother came and caught her, and whipped her little daughter for spoiling her nice new clothes.
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. One for the master, one for the dame, and one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Hush-a-by baby on the tree top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will fall baby cradle and all.

Susan Beatrice Pearse (1878-1980), is probably best known for illustrating the Ameliaranne books.  The scan on the right is from Ameliaranne at the Zoo (now sold).

Book of the week; Mother Goose Rhymes published by J. Coker in 1932. 130 pages with 6 beautiful full-page colour plates by Susan B Pearse and numerous black-and-white  illustrations by Winifred Ackroyd.

The books featured here are all sold, thank you for looking.


  1. These pics are so cute!! I love Mother Goose! Thanks for agreeing to be part of the tag Barbara, can't wait to read your answers :)

  2. Your picture choices continue to enchant me, but I remember my mother reciting some of these nursey rhymes when I was very young (and I continued this with Allison.)

  3. I so love Mother Goose Rhymes. I've never seen this edition. The pictures are adorable.

  4. This is just precious Barbara. I especially like the Curly-locks illustration you started with. Polly Flinders is very cute too but I've always found the verse a bit unsettling!

  5. barbaraannefisher13 February 2012 at 21:33

    Sharon, I agree with you, the word whipped makes me feel uncomfortable! The version I was taught went - Her mother came and caught her, and scolded her little daughter for spoiling her nice new clothes.

  6. barbaraannefisher13 February 2012 at 21:39

    Donna, I agree. The illustrations are simply beautiful.

  7. barbaraannefisher13 February 2012 at 21:42

    Megan, glad you like the pics. Thank you for including me in the tag, I shall have fun answering your questions.

  8. barbaraannefisher13 February 2012 at 21:54

    It’s such a joy to be able to share these lovely illustrations. I’m glad you enjoy them. My mum recited them to me too, and I did the same with my son and grandsons.

  9. These are the most darling illustrations and rhymes! I didn't know the first two nursery rhymes! The whipping I guess goes more with the time period that it was written in- nowadays the words would have to be changed to the ones you said you were taught- using scolded. The book looks so cute! I also love the one for Ameilaranne at the Zoo.

  10. Some of my favourites and I love the illustrations!

  11. barbaraannefisher15 February 2012 at 11:01

    I agree they are gorgeous. I think you are right about the wording; people didn’t worry too much about things like that back then. Scolding is more acceptable now. The Ameliaranne books are lovely they all just the same kind of colourful illustrations.

  12. barbaraannefisher15 February 2012 at 11:02

    Hello Darlene, glad you like them. Thanks for taking the time to call in and comment.


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Barbara xx

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