Mother Goose’s Menagerie – with Peter Newell illustrations


Mother Goose’s Menagerie – with Peter Newell illustrations

Mother Goose’s Menagerie was written by Carolyn Wells, and contains a set of beautiful, full-colour, Peter Newell illustrations. The ‘Mother Goose Rhymes’ are a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, originally penned by the legendary (and only some claim imaginary), ‘Mother Goose.’ They have inspired many folklorists and illustrators (including Charles Perrault, Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox-Smith and Jennie Harbour) – as well as countless generations of children and parents. The book encompasses favourite tales such as ‘Five Little Pigs’, ‘Mother Hubbard’s Dog’, ‘Mary’s Lamb’ ‘The Three Bears’ and ‘The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon’ – all of which appear in their original translation.

Carolyn Wells (1864 – 1942) was an American author and poet, who penned many works of fiction as well as a series of adult mysteries. Her masterful text is accompanied by the drawings of Peter Newell (1862 – 1924); a fellow American artist and author. A native of Illinois, Newell built a reputation for his humorous drawings and poems, which appeared in many magazines, as well writing and illustrating his own children’s books. The combination of Wells’s text and the Peter Newell illustrations, create a wonderful book – to be revelled and delighted in by both young and old alike.


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