Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Gallery of Children

A.A. Milne
illustrated by Henriette Willebeek Le Mair

A.A. Milne is of course famous for the Winnie the Pooh stories and children's poetry.  But here's a collection of some short stories with delectable 1920's illustrations by Henriette Willebeek le Mair.  Each of these pictures would look so sweet framed and hung in a nursery room.

"Come, it's time for a story," called the oldest sister as the rain fell outside.
And so the five sisters sat under their favorite umbrella tree, perfect for listening to stories, as their oldest sister began...

We had s a cozy afternoon nap time today with a thunderstorm threat. Charlotte and I snuggled up on the couch and read through the first few stories about a princess and a bewitched apple tree, little Miss Diana Fitzpatrick Mauleverer James who has to take care of herself, the twins William and Wilhelmina, and dear Miss Waterlow who is only one year old and likes to remember such lovely things.

Miss Waterlow is remembering something... something very beautiful... but it all happened so long ago that she has forgotten the beginning of it before she remembers the end.

I love this part:
Miss Waterlow at this time was one.  It is a tremendous age to be, and often she would lie on her back and laugh to think of all the babies who were none.

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