The Song of Sixpence Picture Book – Illustrated by Walter Crane
This book ‘The Song Of Sixpence Picture Book’ is one of the celebrated ‘Toy Books’ produced by Walter Crane and Edmund Evans. It contains the stories, Sing A Song Of Sixpence, Princess Belle Etoile and An Alphabet Of Old Friends.
Walter Crane (1845 – 1915), was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific, children’s book creator of his generation. Alongside such names as Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, he was also one of the strongest contributors to the child’s nursery theme. Crane’s work is characteristically colourful and delightfully detailed, taking its inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement (of which he was a member), as well as the iconic child-in-the-garden motif.