The Children's Hour (1944)

The Children's Hour, illustrated by Waldo Peirce. The Hyperion Press, 1944.

 Here is another vintage book, picked from the recent Friends of the Wichita Public Library Book Sale. It has no jacket and it's bound in plain drab green, but don't judge it by its cover! This volume of poetry, as stated inside, features works by "Longfellow, Stevenson, Eugene Field, Mother Goose, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti, Emerson, Tennyson and many others." It's a treasure trove of classic poetry, illustrated by painter Waldo Peirce.

Indeed, many of my personal favorites are here: "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," selections from Lewis Carroll's Alice books, Shakespeare's plays, and Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses, Edward Lear's nonsense rhymes and Christina Rossetti's sweet and simple verses. Mother Goose is well-represented, but so are Tennyson, Blake, and Longfellow. Enjoy!

"Father William" from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Edward Lear and Christina Rossetti

"A Boy's Song"

"Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" 

"Ariel's Song" from The Tempest

"The Lobster Quadrille" from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

"The Owl and the Pussycat"

"The Tiger"


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  1. ahhhh this is amazing and I've never seen a copy before! I've always been intrigued because there is mention made of it in 'Ballet Shoes', a book I'm obsessed with. One of the girls in the book does an audition using You Are Old Father William as her audition piece. I think I must have a copy......

    1. Which is, of course, from Alice in Wonderland. :)

      It's a very cool find. It was in with vintage adult books, instead of the kids' book table, but I still got it for 25 cents! Woo hoo!

  2. Awesome book! I will have to look it up--I love the illustrations!


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