Three Blind Mice

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, May 19, 1914: Nothing much today.

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since not much was happening in Grandma’s life a hundred years ago today, I thought that you might enjoy seeing a few pages from a children’s book published in the early 1900s. I wonder if Grandma’s 8-year-old brother Jimmie owned a copy of Three Blind Mice.

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I scanned in these pages from a hard copy of the book, but you can read the entire book on the Project Gutenberg site.

21 Responses

  1. I recognise Frederick Warne from my Beatrix Potter books. :)

  2. so cute! I love the illustration in old children’s books!

  3. I’m not sure I ever read Three Blind Mice, but I’ve certainly heard of the book.

    • Before I found the book, I knew the lines from the song–but didn’t realize that there was a lengthier version in a children’s book.

  4. Gutenberg offers a lot of classics in their collection. We had a big 4″ thick book when I was a kid called The Volume Library. It was first published in 1911. Our copy was from 1953.
    I have it now. It is full of educational materials from kindergarten and on. I would sit for long times looking and reading the stories.

    • Gutenberg is a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing the link. I can just picture how a child would really enjoy this wonderful book .

  5. It’s the illustrations that catch me eye. So charming.

  6. I loved that as a kid!

  7. I like that book. I never heard this version of the 3 blind mice. Very nifty. Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Wonderful illustrations!

  9. So absolutely refreshing. I love it. I’m so jealous of you for having this diary.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I have a lot of fun pulling together the posts, and it’s always wonderful to hear when someone enjoys it. I’m very fortunate to have the diary.

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