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Walter Crane’s Toy Books Series

Books for babies are called Toy Books. Prior to Walter Crane, they were often unremarkable. Then Crane produced a series of Toy Books that gradually transformed the toy book into a sophisticated art form. Some of them become the most popular children’s books of the day.


Books in the Walter Crane’s Toy Books series:

The Death and Burial of Cock Robin (1864)

A traditional tale of cock robin, the sparrow and a bow and arrow. Shown above is the rear cover of the very rare Painted Toy Book.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Cock Robin and Jenny Wren (1865)

A well-known nursery rhyme.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Comical Cat (1865)

A humorous poem similar to Old Mother Hubbard.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Farmyard Alphabet (1865)

An alphabet based on familiar farmyard scenes. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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House that Jack Built (1865)

A well-known rhyme.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Railroad Alphabet (1865)

A picture alphabet based on the railroad. Read for free online at State Library of South Australia.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The “House that Jack Built” Alphabet (1865)

This version includes outline pictures, opposite the colored plates, to be filled in by the user.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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A Gaping-Wide-Mouth Waddling Frog (1866)

This is the reissue of this nonsense poem.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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A Gaping-Wide-Mouth Waddling Frog (1866)

A nonsense poem.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Sing a Song of Sixpence (1866)

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye.

This is the cover for a later edition.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Chattering Jack (1867)

A nursery tale from Walter Crane. Read for free online at the Toronto Public Library. NOTE: that link downloads a very large file.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Multiplication Table in Verse (1867)

A unique approach to arithmetic. Read for free online at the Toronto Public Library. NOTE: that link downloads a very large file.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Old Courtier (1867)

An old ballad of the English gentry. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Grammar in Rhyme (1868)

An introduction to the parts of speech. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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How Jessie Was Lost (1868)

A young girl runs away from her nurse at the park and is taken to the keeper’s house where her loud weeping attracts her parents. Read for free online at Toronto Public Library.

Author(s): Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Routledge’s Coloured ABC Book (1868)

Includes Walter Crane’s Farm-Yard Alphabet.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane
Joseph Martin Kronheim

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Annie and Jack in London (1869)

An illustrated tour of London in the 1860’s. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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One, Two Buckle My Shoe (1869)

A counting rhyme. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Adventures of Puffy (1870)

A fluffy white Maltese dog gets into no end of trouble. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Fairy Ship (1870)

A nonsense verse with illustrations. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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