As collections of European folk songs and poems, books on Nursery Rhymes became popular during the golden age of children’s literature in the mid-nineteenth century but many of the rhymes themselves are much older. Full of working-class imagery and trades they are the perfect subject for this week’s #folklorethursday theme of #work.
From Little Song of long Ago, Illustrated by H. Willebeek Le Mair, 1912
From Old King Cole’s Book of Nursery Rhymes, Illustrated by Byam Shaw, 1901.
From Mother Goose, Illustrated by Kate Greenaway, c 1880.
From Young England’s Nursery Rhymes, Illustrated by Constance Haslewood, c 1890.