Don’t Wake Mommy
Guild, Caroline S. Minnie or The Little Woman. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1857.
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This hand-colored lithograph is just one of several issued with this book; apparently, they do not actually serve to illustrate the story, but are inserted to keep the reader’s attention. Each picture tells its own story; in this case, these boys are creeping into the parlor to take their kite, which is being kept by their napping mamma. Perhaps she is exhausted from keeping them in line! The composition has the look of German children’s book illustrations produced in the mid nineteenth century, and were probably imported.