All About Little Boy Blue, by Emma Gelders Sterne – 1924 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My copy was owned by Lois Jane Zimmermann. This tiny book explains the truth about Little Boy Blue. He is not lazy! Let me relate to you the real story!
One day Little Boy Blue’s (it is stated that he is called Little Boy Blue because it wasn’t his real name) daddie bought him a horn that he could blow to his heart’s content. Everyone loved his music, the cows, the lamb, the sheep, and especially the fairies!
Little Boy Blue loved his flower garden, and one night the flower fairies got him up in the middle of the night to play his music for them. They danced and partied all night, but as the sun was coming up, the fairies knew that they had to go back into their flowers, because, as everyone knows, if a fairy is not in her flower by sunrise they will become butterflies and have to flit from flower to flower all day, which becomes very tiring.
They throw some fairy dust on Boy Blue’s eyes, putting him to sleep, and even the sun could not wake him up. His daddie even called and called for him, reciting Little Boy Blue’s rhyme.
Finally, Little Boy Blue woke up and ran home to tell his mother all about his adventure.
This was a cute story and only took a few minutes to read. I think it still warrants a five star rating, for it was entertaining and very imaginative. I like that Little Boy Blue is not portrayed as a lazy child. The fairies made him do it! 🙂 This has lovely full color pictures by Thelma Gooch, an apparently very famous children’s book artist.
This is part of a series of “All About” books. Others in the series include but are not limited to, All About Peter Rabbit, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Mother Goose, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Small Red Hen, Little Black Sambo, Hansel and Gretel, and The Night Before Christmas, authored by different people.
Interestingly, the author Emma Gelders Sterne advocated for women’s suffrage and racial equality. She even started a school for delinquent children. You can read a bit more about her on her wikipedia page.