Monday, August 22, 2011

Mother Goose...

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"?

As kids we used a variation of this one while stirring the doodle bug hole with a tiny stick.
"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.

Some of the illustrations are a little scary, but most are adorable like this one,
but then on the end page of the book comes the sad part of my story...

How could anyone part with this. It's a family heirloom.

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.


  1. Oh, this is SO Sweet! Love her message...

  2. What a find and that last inscription is beautiful. That last line gives me shivers.

  3. Oh my gosh, that about broke my heart to read that inscription! I buy books at the Good Will and sometimes find things written in them, but nothing as moving as THAT!


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