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Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway was bron in 1846 and died in 1901. She is perhaps the best known of the great Victorian children's illustrators and painters. She published a great many highly acclaimed children's books including Under the Window (1879), Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book (1880), Mother Goose (1881) and Language of Flowers (1884).

Lewis Carroll Helen Bannerman

This illustration is from the Walrus and the Carpenter

The books of Helen Bannerman

Charles Kingsley - Water Babies

Wonderful Babies
Original Drawings for The Water-Babies to Be Exhibited

A group of 12 original drawings created by Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) in 1916 to illustrate The Water-Babies, a children's book by the Rev. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), displated at the Swann Gallery of Caricature and Cartoon in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building.

Edward Lear - The Pobble who has no Toes, The Owl and the Pussey Cat

The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said, 'Some day you may lose them all;'--
He replied, -- 'Fish fiddle de-dee!'
And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink,
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said, 'The World in general knows
There's nothing so good for a Pobble's toes!'

The Pobble who has no toes,
Swam across the Bristol Channel;
But before he set out he wrapped his nose,
In a piece of scarlet flannel.
For his Aunt Jobiska said, 'No harm
'Can come to his toes if his nose is warm;
'And it's perfectly known that a Pobble's toes
'Are safe, -- provided he minds his nose.'
The Pobble swam fast and well
And when boats or ships came near him
He tinkedly-binkledy-winkled a bell
So that all the world could hear him.
And all the Sailors and Admirals cried,
When they saw him nearing the further side,--
'He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobiska's
'Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!'
But before he touched the shore,
The shore of the Bristol Channel,
A sea-green Porpoise carried away
His wrapper of scarlet flannel.
And when he came to observe his feet
Formerly garnished with toes so neat
His face at once became forlorn
On perceiving that all his toes were gone!
And nobody ever knew
From that dark day to the present,
Whoso had taken the Pobble's toes,
In a manner so far from pleasant.
Whether the shrimps or crawfish gray,
Or crafty Mermaids stole them away --
Nobody knew; and nobody knows
How the Pebble was robbed of his twice five toes!
The Pobble who has no toes
Was placed in a friendly Bark,
And they rowed him back, and carried him up,
To his Aunt Jobiska's Park.
And she made him a feast at his earnest wish
Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish;--
And she said,-- 'It's a fact the whole world knows,
'That Pebbles are happier without their toes.'
Kenneth Grahame Robert Louis Stevenson
The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

Treasure Island - Long John Silver by Munro S Orr (1934)
Thomas the Tank Engine - The Rev. W. Awdry
But Toby and Percy were to excited to care. The Fat Controller told the Queen their names and she talked to each enbine. Then she turned to go. Percy bubbled over, "Three cheers for the Queen he called. "Peeeep! Peeeep! Peeeep! wistled all engines.
Beatrix Potter (right)

Rudyard Kipling - Jungle Book

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