I found this treasure at a yard sale for $2.00. When I looked it up on Amazon turns out it really is a treasure. Copyright 1913. This edition published in 1985 by Chancellor Press in London. (The used ones started at $38.00).
There are 12 beautiful color illustrations
and many, many drawings like these. This is a favorite of mine. How many of us have wiggled our baby's toes while reciting "this little piggy"?
"Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home:
Your house is on fire and your children will burn."
Sure enough that little doodle bug would come wiggling out.
but then on the end page of the book comes the sad part of my story...
I know there was a divorce, so that explains it, but every time I read this inscription I want to anonymously mail it back to the grandmother. I can just feel the love that was sent with this gift.