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An Alphabet of Old Friends

Walter Crane

Book Overview: 

short poems beginning with every letter of the alphabet

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And shot his own sow quite through the heart.
"Wife, wife, bring brandy in a spoon,
For our old sow is in a swoon."


Ba, ba, black sheep,
  Have you any wool?
Yes, marry, have I,
  Three bags full.
One for my master,
  One for my dame,
But none for the little boy
  That cries in the lane.


Hen.  Cock, cock, I have la-a-ayed!
Cock. Hen, hen, that's well sa-a-ayed!
Hen.  Although I have to go bare-footed every day-a-ay!
Cock. (Con spirito.) Sell your eggs and buy shoes!
                                 Sell your eggs and buy shoes!


Dickery, dickery, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
  The clock s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This 2-part book is reproduced from Walter Crane’s 1874 original illustrations by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first section uses the letters of the alphabet to introduce familiar nursery rhyme characters like Jack Sprat and Simple Simon. The second half also uses nursery rhymes, but with a t