Shabby Sunday: The Tall Book of Mother Goose – 1942

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Shabby Sunday Meme

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then, I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

The Tall Book of Mother Goose

by Feodor Rojankovsky (Illustrator)


I’ve had this book since I was very young and can still remember climbing up on the couch to read it with my grandfather. It was published in 1942 and was a part of the school library where my grandfather worked as a teacher and principal. The book was even used by my mother and her siblings. It’s now a part of my home library.

There are over 100 nursery rhymes in this book. Some of my favorites are “The House That Jack Built,” “Old Mother Hubbard,” and “Old King Cole.” My absolute favorite in the entire book is “Sing a Song of Sixpence.”


My grandfather wouldn’t just read this one, he would sing it. We didn’t even have to be reading the book; we would dance around singing it. It’s a wonderful memory and I’m happy to have this book to share with my kids.

Some of the illustrations are in color and some in black and white. The book is definitely tall at about 12 inches. This 1942 edition is about 120 pages.

My rating is 5-stars.




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Title: The Tall Book of Mother Goose

Author/Illustrator: Feodor Rojankovsky

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper Brothers; First edition (1942)

You can find this book on eBay and even Amazon. There is a new version which might be a little cheaper. I did find this 1942 edition available on eBay for roughly $13-28 dollars.

Thanks for reading this week’s Shabby Sunday. If you have some old vintage books you’d like to share, please feel free to participate in this meme.


32 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: The Tall Book of Mother Goose – 1942

  1. starjustin

    I loved this book so much as a child also and am very happy that it is still actively shared with my grandchildren. I can still remember dancing, in the living room, with my father, as a child. I love that you had his experience with grandpa too Jen. Great post! 📘

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  2. This is such a lovely idea for a meme, and what a great book to start with! I’ll have to dig out some of my childhood books from my mum’s house. I just love the pictures and the vibrant colours that have survived all this time.

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  3. This is fantastic!! I had this book as a little girl! What great memories 🙂 I wish I knew what happened to it… 😦 I love Mother Goose. I love your Shabby Sunday posts. I have several books that were my moms and are from the 50s or earlier that I have read and love. If I ever get the time, I would love to do the meme!

    Speaking of time…instead of me trying to email you back (a message to you has been sitting in my draft folder in bits and pieces that I keep adding to as I get time and more things I want to tell you!!), can we message each other one day? I have a Google email address too if you have Hangouts or can we DM through Twitter?? I so want to talk to you since I miss you!! And our conversations, lol. And I think with my crazy time issues doing that might work if it will work for you?

    Anyway, here is my Gmail email in case you have Hangouts: 🙂 It’s my blog email, so I don’t care that it is posted 😉 I always have Hangouts up in case one of my kids or hubby needs me and can’t text me, so it will pop up and as long as I’m not Skyping with a student, in my office on campus (Tues and Thurs 8-12), or in the middle of my own class, I am free to chat! The same with a Twitter message! Talk soon I hope ❤ ❤

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    1. Stephanie, how awesome! This seems to be a popular book! I would absolutely love it if you would like to do the meme. So far, nobody has, but I’m hopeful! 💜

      Yes, I’ll set up hangouts today. That’s a great idea! Then, I can bug you all day. JK! Haha 😉

      Have a wonderful day today and week! 😘

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  4. Love love LOVE this Shabby Sunday post and children’s book choice. Looking at the vintage Mother Goose character illustrations brings back such wonderful memories from many decades ago. I have such an affinity for books….I’m infatuated with them 🙂

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