Friday, March 6, 2009

Hey Diddle Diddle . . .

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The Cat and the Fiddle,

The Cow jumped over the Moon.
The little Dog laughed to see such fun,

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

I scanned these images from another of my antiquarian children's books: 'The Hey Diddle Diddle Picture Book by R. Caldecott' published in London by Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd. (the same company that published all of the Beatrix Potter books).

I absolutely love the 19th century illustrations by Ralph Caldecott. Click any picture to enlarge.

Tea or Wine left this comment on my earlier post about this wonderful artist: "These are lovely illustrations from a simpler time in children's literature. The watercolors are soothing and soft. Today, Caldecott lives on as each year an American picture book is awarded the Caldecott Medal for excellence in its illustrations."

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. ♥Rosemary

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mary said...

I've always loved these and was aware of the Caldecott Award books when my children were small - but never connected the two. Thanks as always.

Sabina said...

I have many 50 year old + children's books - some that are 1st editions - with the most wonderful illustrations inside. It is a collection that was passed down to me that I had little appreciation for until I was well into my 30's. I love your Hey Diddle Diddle illustrations!! Very charming!! Maybe I'll scan a few of mine to share as well.

Have a great weekend Rosemary!!!


teaorwine said...

More beautiful illustrations in children's literature! Thank you for the mention, Rosemary.

brooke said...

These joy-filled illustrations are wonderful in their innocent, smiling detail!