I keep going back to Project Gutenberg’s e-books to discover the new treasures regularly added to their collection.
Take, for example, this 1883 French book of children’s songs – Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfants.
The better known Frère Jacques and Sur le pont d’Avignon are included in the selection of over 30 songs. I’ve selected three of the rhyme illustrations. The original book would be wonderful to see as many of the images were coloured wood engravings. The first is a simple rhyme about a dance in single file. The second is about a mean person in possession of good quality snuff (ground tobacco leaves) and not sharing it. The third is a sad tale of Michael’s mother who lost her cat only to discover that it has been kidnapped and sold for a rabbit.
The Project Gutenberg EBook of Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfants, by Charles Marie Widor This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Vieilles chansons pour les petits enfants avec accompagnements de Ch. M. Widor Author: Charles Marie Widor Illustrator: Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel