Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Favorite Nursery Songs

This is a really sweet collection of classic nursery songs from 1956 compiled by Phyllis Brown Ohanian and illustrated by Marjorie Torrey.
Most of the signatures are loose, the spine is busted and the manner in which the children on the endpapers were literally defaced, suggests that the previous owner disliked the concept "fair of face".

Oh this is fun; here's Lazy Mary again (see my post from April 4). It seems that illustrators are of a mind that she should be depicted with red pig-tails, Pippi Longstocking-style. This version only gives one verse though. Nothing about roast goose.

Here's a pretty Little Bo-Peep. You can't see it here, but on the facing page are the sheep right behind her. Turn around Mary! I wonder what shepherdesses actually wore? Most pictures of Bo-Peep seem to show her a bit overdressed for the job.

I don't really get the inspiration behind Rockabye Baby. It's not a nice song, however lulling it might be. But if you're going to draw a picture of a baby about to fall to its death, then you can't find one much sweeter than this.

This last picture is from the 16th century song "Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?". I haven't heard it before, but it's about a girl whose boyfriend is taking too long returning from the fair with his promised gifts of flowers and ribbons.
She's awfully cute when she's mad.

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