Spruce Mother Goose

22:46:00 MoonDoggie 6 Comments

I mentioned recently that I found a vintage children's book at a car boot sale - 'Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes', illustrated by Esme Eve (1958). Well, as I had the scanner out I decided to scan a few gems to share.

There are sooooo many nursery rhymes in this book - a lot I've never even heard of (and I've heard a few). There's even a very, shall we say... politically incorrect rhyme.
If you have a favourite nursery rhyme, tell me in a comment and I'll scan the illustration. Wonder if we will stump the book?
See more scans on my flickr stream.


  1. How about 'Elizabeth, Elspeth, Beth and Betsy'?

    I was thinking 'This Is the House That Jack Built' til I went back and noticed that it's the first scan! Do you have the page with the rhyme itself - I don't think I remember it all!

    Is the politically incorrect one "Ten Little N---- Boys"?!

    These illustrations are charming! I love the colors, and I'm particularly fond of the pages of cats!

  2. what the? I posted a comment in response and it's as if it never happened! I'll try again

  3. Elizabeth, etc - http://www.flickr.com/photos/36107557@N08/3487568157/in/set-72157617411898727/

    House that Jack Built - http://www.flickr.com/photos/36107557@N08/sets/72157617412091189/

    The 'politically incorrect one' - http://www.flickr.com/photos/36107557@N08/sets/72157617412401029/

  4. Cool! I actually just found these on Flickr before making it back over here. Hmmmm, gotta work on "stumping the book"!

    I got the "Un-P.C." one right!!

  5. Great mid-century illustration. Nice find!

  6. I would love to buy this book from you!