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The Little Mother Goose   By: (1863-1935)

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The Little Mother Goose is a charming collection of traditional nursery rhymes brought to life through the beautiful illustrations of Jessie Willcox Smith. From start to finish, this book takes readers on a delightful journey through the whimsical world of Mother Goose.

Smith's illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking. Each page is a work of art, filled with vibrant colors, intricate details, and a sense of nostalgia that immediately transports readers back to their own childhoods. The characters leap off the page, their expressions and movements capturing the essence of each rhyme perfectly. The attention to detail is truly commendable, as every feather, stitch, and blade of grass is meticulously rendered.

The book's layout is equally pleasing. Each rhyme is accompanied by a full-page illustration, allowing readers to really immerse themselves in the story being depicted. The text is clear and easy to read, making it accessible to young children learning to read or enjoying a storytime. Additionally, the rhymes have been carefully preserved, maintaining the lyrical quality that has made them beloved for generations.

One of the most wonderful aspects of The Little Mother Goose is its timeless quality. While many nursery rhymes have been passed down through the years, Smith's illustrations give them a fresh and vibrant feel. It is evident that she poured her heart and soul into each image, breathing new life into these classic tales. The joyful spirit that emanates from every page is contagious and will undoubtedly bring smiles and laughter to readers of all ages.

However, it is worth noting that the book's content may not be suited for those seeking a comprehensive collection of nursery rhymes. As the title suggests, The Little Mother Goose contains only a selection of these beloved rhymes, and some readers may find themselves yearning for more.

Overall, The Little Mother Goose is an absolute treasure. Whether enjoyed as a bedtime story, a source of artistic inspiration, or simply as a trip down memory lane, this book is sure to captivate and enchant readers young and old. Jessie Willcox Smith's delightful illustrations breathe new life into beloved nursery rhymes, making this a must-have addition to any bookshelf.

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The Little Mother Goose



Hush a by, baby, on the treetop When the wind blows the cradle will rock ]


The Little Mother Goose

With numerous illustrations in full

color and black and white





Copyright, 1912, 1913, 1914


Copyright, 1914


Copyright, 1918


Printed in the United States of America


A List of the Rhymes

A, B, C, tumble down D 165

A carrion crow sat on an oak 136

A cat came fiddling out of a barn 49

A diller, a dollar 173

A duck and a drake 9

Aena, deena, dina, duss 73

A frog he would a wooing go 147

A glass of milk and a slice of bread 138

A good child, a good child 31

A hill full, a hole full 79

All of a row 6

A long tailed pig, or a short tailed pig 97

An old woman lived in Nottingham town 47

A red sky at night 30

A riddle, a riddle, as I suppose 93

As high as a castle 27

As I was going o'er London Bridge 116

As I was going to St... Continue reading book >>

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