Mr. Nobody is definitely one of the most famous of all children’s poems. I always thought there was something a tad creepy about it, which is probably why it has stayed with me all these years. It is a shining example of an unknown author that would find great acclaim if only we knew who … Continue reading Mr. Nobody and My Shadow
Today’s subject is a subject very dear to my heart– that is, nursery rhymes!!! I have a publication of The Real Mother Goose from the 1920s that Dad had in his shop when I was a teenager and another from the 1990s that I found later. If you are looking for an amazing book for … Continue reading The Real Mother Goose
There are countless poems that are written by people whom we will never have the pleasure of crediting. It is a shame, too, because many are very good! Here is a humorous one taken from the second volume of the 1961 edition of Childcraft. A Farmer’s Boy They strolled down the lane together, The sky … Continue reading Unknown Authors and the Man in the Moon
Yes, the author of his most famous works, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The latter is simply the best title for a book ever. I think that many people don’t even know that they are two books, and that the story that we know and love from … Continue reading The Inevitable Lewis Carroll
Children love animals, and why not? Housepets seem to understand us when no one else will, and better yet, we can give them hysterical dialogue to entertain us with! If you’ve ever found yourself creating a back-and-forth dialogue with your pet, you are not alone! When I was a teenager, I saw this print in … Continue reading Children and Animals
May 1st is May Day, which is traditionally celebrated with parades, games, and cake. Supposedly, children would do a ‘ribbon dance’ around a maypole, weaving ribbons of various colors to create a sort of braid. I wonder if they still do this? I have only heard about it in poems! Spring is my favorite season. … Continue reading May Day is Here!
So this is what inspired me to create this blog! I read the entire first book of the 1961 edition of Childcraft last night, and I decided to start this blog for fun. If you ever get your hands on some, I would strongly advise you to do so. The artwork is so beautiful; obviously … Continue reading Childcraft: Poems of Early Childhood and Eugene Field
Let’s talk about those carefree days as a child when our greatest excitement was the music of the ice cream man coming down the street…. and the hand games we used to play on the playground…. (remember Miss Mary Mack and her silver buttons? ) The way your imagination soared (maybe still does!) when you … Continue reading That fairyland of childhood…