Thursday, 17 January 2013

Book of the week: Little Homespun Songs and verses signed and inscribed by the author Beatrice Hubbell-Plummer

Little Homespun Songs and Verses signed and inscribed by the author Beatrice Hubbell-Plummer with illustrations by Mary Lafetra Russell published by Frederick A Stokes, 1st edition, 1920. Large hardback book with 204 pages and numerous colour plates.

Beautiful moon, way up in the sky, drop us beam ladders as you pass by,
So we can climb to moon-land bright, where wee folk ne'er say good night, sleep tight.

Wake, wake, my dears, the sun is up, and open wide your eyes; And listen to the birdies say "it's morn' be glad 'a rise, it's morn' be glad 'a rise!"

Pan, Pan, happy fellow, Prince of Youth all dressed in yellow!
"Did you come from distant plains to pipe for us your glad refrain?"
My! Your notes we love to hear, they fill our hearts with love and cheer;
And your stories from the skies bring to us a sweet surprise!
That your joy we all may share, bless you Pan! This is our prayer!

Soft misty veils the rain had spun and the sun had painted every one.
As the clouds scurried off and waved good-by the wind whispered softly:
"A sash for the sky!"

Little homespun songs and verses by Beatrice Hubbell-Plummer 

Signed and inscribed by the author;

To Mr. & Mrs. Thompson, my dear friends Beatrice Hubbell Plummer Nov 17, 1922.  

Book now sold, thank you for your interest.

I adore the sweet illustrations in this book but what do you think of them?


  1. Love those pictures! I thought of you this week when I came across a copy of Grim's Fairytales vol 2 illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. :)

  2. All the pictures is sooooooo perfect! Beautiful! orlando villas

  3. The soft pastel colors make these so sweet and so perfect for the age of the kids in the illustrations. I love illustrations like these.

  4. Barbara, those illustrations are just adorable, I love the one where the children are sleeping.

    Agree with Alex re the pastel colours.

    Beautiful book!

  5. These illustrations are so cute. The moon looks magical. I love the soft colors! What a sweet book! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. barbaraannefisher19 January 2013 at 08:58

    Thank you, Leanne.

  7. barbaraannefisher19 January 2013 at 08:59

    Oh lovely! Did you buy it? Thanks for thinking of me btw.

  8. barbaraannefisher19 January 2013 at 09:00

    Hello Alex, Those are my thoughts exactly.

  9. barbaraannefisher19 January 2013 at 09:01

    Thanks Michelle, I think so too, but it might be a bit 'old fashioned' for some people.

  10. barbaraannefisher19 January 2013 at 09:10

    Hi Stephanie, I just took a proper look at the moon – you’re right it does look magical. It takes a good illustrator to convey that much feeling. I’m always happy to share.

  11. Hi Barbara, This is just a darling book. The illustrations are so cute, the cute little round faces are adorable. Also I just started Google plus and added you, no idea what I am doing yet!

  12. barbaraannefisher19 January 2013 at 22:13

    Hi Diane,
    I thought you might like this one. It is pretty cute.
    Google plus is a mystery to me too but then so is Facebook, Klout and LinkedIn!

  13. What a beautiful book, a real treasure! The illustrations are very sweet, I love the soft colours.

  14. I love the illustrations. They have a special quality about them. The face are just so sweet. I love the simple rhymes too.

  15. barbaraannefisher21 January 2013 at 13:49

    Thanks Donna, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

  16. Love the gentle illustrations and the sweet, sweet verses. What a treasure, Barbara!

  17. barbaraannefisher23 January 2013 at 10:40

    Thank you Claudine, I thought they might appeal to you. I love the ‘dreamy’ feel and the colours.

  18. Replies
    1. Thanks so much for your comment! It is quite a special book and I'm glad you liked it.

  19. Replies
    1. Thanks Venetta, I'm glad you think so. Barbara.


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Barbara xx

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