Ride Away on Your Mother’s Back! (version two)

Illustration:  Ride Away on Mother.  A Book of Nursery Rhymes.  Arranged by Charles Welsh.  Illustrated by Clara E. Atwood.  D. C. Heath & Co., Publishers: Boston, New York, Chicago. Ca 1901.

Ride, baby, ride,

Pretty baby shall ride,

And have a little puppy dog tied to her side,

And a little pussy cat tied to the other,

And away she shall ride

To see her grandmother,

To see her grandmother,

To see her grandmother.

A Book of Nursery Rhymes.

Arranged by Charles Welsh.

Illustrated by Clara E. Atwood.

D. C. Heath & Co., Publishers: Boston, New York, Chicago. Ca 1901.

6 thoughts on “Ride Away on Your Mother’s Back! (version two)

  1. wow this is a really interesting juxtaposition of imagery between version 1 and 2 and how the images describe quite different stories.
    It’s mother’s day here today and the 2nd kinda sums up the unbound slavery that goes along with motherhood (only partly tongue -in-cheek) – love them both and thank-you for some food-for-thought.

    1. Thank you for looking closely at the posts! As you observed, the second shows mother as a real beast of burden! The kid has a whip and it is really kind of weird and dark (not necessarily far from how mothers may feel at times – like a donkey?). True the first is more ideal, but the mother is still carrying the child off to grandmothers! The rhyme also evolved (changed). I thought the two were interesting for Mother’s Day, but you and I may be the only two who gave it a thought – thanks again!
      Elephant

  2. The mom is working hard in both pictures, but I prefer the one without the whip! Of course, I thought, where is her diaper bag with bottles, change of clothes, lovies? I have tried to carry children on my back, and it sure gets tiring. Luckily my kids are good walkers. And I have a van!

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