Silver Bells and Cockle Shells: Illustrated Classic Nursery Rhymes

Author(s): H. Willebeek le Mair

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This beautifully illustrated, vintage collection of thirty classic nursery rhymes is the perfect gift for any baby or child. First published in 1911, it includes favourites such as Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sing a Song of Sixpence and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, each in its full version with verses you may not have discovered before. The rhymes are all illustrated in delicate watercolour tones by Dutch illustrator, Henriette Willebeek le Mair.


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'Ever started singing your children their favourite nursery rhyme but then ended up humming it because you don't remember the words? This beautiful vintage book should help! The watercolour illustrations are graceful and elegant and each complements the rhyme perfectly. Families Rating: 4 out of 6' -- Families magazine

Henriette Willebeek Le Mair (1889-1966) was born in Rotterdam to a family of wealthy merchants. Her father, a keen patron of the arts, encouraged his daughter's artistic talent, and in 1910 she was commissioned to illustrate a collection of nursery rhymes, which was originally published as Our Old Nursery Rhymes. Through her extensive travels abroad, Henriette developed an interest in Eastern religion, languages and culture. In 1921, she converted to Sufism, a mystical Islamic philosophy. Although painting remained important to Henriette throughout her life, her religious work eventually took precedence over her illustration.

General Fields

  • : 9781782500056
  • : Floris Books
  • : Floris Books
  • : 0.567
  • : August 2013
  • : 230mm X 280mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : H. Willebeek le Mair
  • : Hardback
  • : 2017
  • : H. Willebeek le Mair
  • : 398.8
  • : 64
  • : colour illustrations