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Beatrix Potter



13.  Laurence Housman.
The Story of the Seven Young Goslings.
Mabel Dearmer, illustrator.
London, Glasgow & Dublin, Blackie & Son, [1899].

This picture book is a verse retelling of the well-known brothers Grimm story, The Wolf and Seven Kids, by the younger brother of A. E. Housman. It was published nine years before Potter’s Jemima Puddleduck. In this version, Laurence Housman (1865-1959), substituted a family of geese for the goats.

Although Housman was a fine artist in his own right, now best known for his illustrations for Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market," Mabel Dearmer (1872-1915), the poster artist and social activist, provided the pictures. The mother goose has just gone out, having delivered to her little flock a long warning not to open the door to anyone. Notice how smartly turned out she is with her beak in the air, waddling down the street in pattens that lift her above the mud.