"Mother Goose Rhymes" was edited by Watty Piper and illustrated by Eulalie and Lois Lenski. Included are nursery rhymes we all grew up with like Wee Willie Winkie, Little Miss Muffet and There Was a Little Girl. Also included are more obscure and lesser known rhymes like "I am a Gold Lock", "Let Us Go to The Woods Says this Pig", and "Every Lady in This Land". The illustrations in this book are quite remarkable. There are six full page, full color illustrations with brilliant colors. Full color and pen and ink drawings dot the remainder of the pages throughout.
Eulalie's full name is Eulalie Minfred Banks (1895–1999). She was a well known illustrator of children's books from the time she was very young. Born in a London, England, she started her career at the age of 12 designing Christmas cards. As an adult she moved to southern California where she painted murals in various buildings in the Los Angeles area. Her work included a mural at the Santa Monica Public Library which unfortunately is no longer there.
Lois Lenski was a prolific writer and illustrator of many children's books throughout her long career. Some of her most famous work was a series of regional novels about children across the United States including her most famous work, "Strawberry Girl", about a girl in Florida; "Blue Ridge Billy", about a North Carolina youth living in rural Appalachia and "Bayou Suzette".
This over sized book measures 12 1/4" x 10". It is in good vintage condition with a red cloth binding and a paste down illustrated cover. There is some soiling and chipping on the cover. The inside pages have some light yellowing and two pages have tears a the bottom towards the spine (see photo 6). There is some soiling on the pages. The binding is tight and the colors bright. There is a bookplate on the inside front cover.