Johnny Gruelle: Rhymes for Kindly Children

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Johnny Gruelle, of course, is the beloved creator of the Raggedy Ann dolls, and subsequently the Raggedy Ann and Andy series books.  He illustrated extensively prior to this, including classics such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and this book is a great example of his other work.   Many of his books are digitized at Project Gutenberg.

“Rhymes for Kindly Children” is subtitled “Modern Mother Goose Jingles.”  It is more blatantly geared toward teaching children proper manners, though, and even the titles reveal this end.  Children, of course, will not always embrace such obviousness, and perhaps this is why the rhymes themselves never became quite as popular as the traditional Mother Goose fare.   The illustrations are nice though, and especially of interest to any Gruelle fan.

I have placed some representative images below, all linked to the GALLERY.  The full list is viewable there.

Title: Rhymes for Kindly Children:  Modern Mother Goose Jingles
Author: Ethel Fairmont
Artist: Johnny Gruelle
Publisher: P. F. Volland Company
Date Published: 1916

Click a thumbnail to visit the gallery page for the image where it can be downloaded in many very high resolution sizes.

Alberts Pet Bunny

Albert's Pet Bunny

Bird Friends

Bird Friends

Gathering Berries

Gathering Berries

The Adventurer

The Adventurer

The Make-Believe Express

The Make-Believe Express

The New Bonnet

The New Bonnet

The Useful Cow

The Useful Cow

Three Little Hollanders

Three Little Hollanders

Bed-Time

Bed-Time

If You Saw a Man With a Nice, Fat Horse

If You Saw a Man With a Nice, Fat Horse

Kindly Children Learn to Love

Kindly Children Learn to Love

The Harmful Hitting Habit

The Harmful Hitting Habit

The Proud Mother

The Proud Mother

The Untidy Children

The Untidy Children

3 Responses to “Johnny Gruelle: Rhymes for Kindly Children”

  1. Shirley Hirst Says:

    Such an interesting site, I specially love old children’s books. They seemed designed to not only amuse, but teach good manners and guide young people along a happy and right pathway, to appreciate all that is beautiful,wise, helpful and kind! Thank you for sharing this with us all! We need to remember the good ways of old days, as well as embracing the best of todays changing world.
    Spread a little sunshine! Shirley

  2. Gladys Says:

    What a lovely side full of beautiful pictures!

  3. Janie Conner Says:

    My parents acquired several of these old books by Elizabeth Gordon, and other authors that were written from 1915-1935, I suppose for my much older siblings (I’m 52). However, I remember all of the old books by Elizabeth Gordon and others, but I especially loved the Rhymes for Kindly Children. I’m in the process of acquiring alot of these old treasures, and I’m thrilled to find this website! Since I’m expecting my first granddaughter, I’m hoping to purchase several of you cards to frame in her new bedroom in my house. Thanks!

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