Hey diddle diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the Moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran after the Spoon.
Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.
McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.
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11 thoughts on “Hey Diddle Diddle, The Cat and The Fiddle!”
The Spoon doesn’t look too happy about running off with a dish. Maybe he misses the fork…
But notice the following chit chat – the spoon is running after the dish!
I always thought this dish ran awat with the spoon rather than running after it.
You got the point across and spelling doesn’t count here (especially with me – I am the worst speller)
I learn it as away too. Also: to see such a task. Even nursery rhymes morph over time. 😉
I learned “away with the spoon” too! I stay true to the text that accompanies an illustration, but these rhymes change, get longer and short, darker then lighter and so we arrive at “away” instead of “after.” Away seems friendly, but after seems more threatening. This is an old book so as is usual the wording is darker! This rhyme has a history, but I well let others tell that story.
A house I used to visit when I was younger had a poster on the wall that looked kind of like this, but it had more characters and elements from different nursery rhymes. Sort of a ‘how many characters can you find?’ illustration, and it was printed by Rand McNally. Have you ever seen something like that?
No, but it sounds like something the enterprising Rand McNally company might have produced.
Do you know who the artist is?
No, sorry I don’t. If I know the artist I always list it. But it is a nice illustration.