This picture with a little girl watching her Cousin Jane stitching away is my
favourite with her little hands placed just so and patiently observing .... First you think it is her Mum but when you read the poem you see the little girl has chosen to run for help to someone who will not scold her!
The words on the next page are lovely because there is a little poem of what has happened then the wise words are at the top of the page, in this case 'A stitch in time saves nine'
When I play with brother John
I tear the clothes that I have on and then I run to Cousin Jane, and she just sews them up again. We have to be as quick can be, before the holes grow big ... you see!
Further investigation into Millicent Sowerby and I was amazed at all the little books that have been published. Then there is another member of the family who illustrates them it seems Githa Sowerby her Sister.
This is what I found out about the Sowerby's.... from Google ...
Amy Millicent Sowerby (1878–1967), known as Millicent Sowerby, was an English painter and illustrator, known for her illustrations of classic children's stories such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and A Child's Garden of Verses, her postcards featuring children, nursery rhymes, and Shakespeare scenes, and children's books created with her sister Githa Sowerby.
Sowerby was born in Gateshead, England in 1878 to John G. Sowerby, artist and grandson of naturalist James Sowerby, and Amy Margaret Sowerby (née Hewison). Sowerby was the fourth in a family of six children, including sisters Helen and Katherine Githa. The family eventually settled in Sutton Courtenay. Millicent took some art classes in Newcastle upon Tyne but was largely self-taught. She initially studied watercolours and landscape painting, before becoming influenced by the work of artists such as Thomas Crane and Kate Greenaway and the Arts and Crafts movement, and pursuing postcard and children's illustration as well as landscapes in oil and watercolours.[ Her postcard series "Postcards for the Little Ones" was quite popular, consistently selling thousands of copies.
Sowerby was among the earliest women to illustrate Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland, originally published in 1865. In 1907, the book entered the public domain in the United Kingdom, and at least 8 new editions were published that year, with Sowerby's being the first of the new lot to appear. A collective review in The Academy of the 1907 editions – while regarding her rendition of the mad-hatter's tea party her best illustration, and Father William replying to his son her best use of colour – opined "Sowerby attempts work rather too difficult for her, and she has not much imagination". Her artwork in Childhood, written by her sister Githa, however, was regarded as "much better" than her work in Alice: "The bistre drawings have a charming effect, and [Sowerby] has a pretty fancy." Her illustrations of Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses were received as "characteristically excellent", and a 1911 review of three books produced with Githa proclaimed "Millicent Sowerby is Kate Greenaway come to life again."
Millicent remained unmarried, and continued to paint into her 80s. She died in 1967 at the age of 89
So you see this dear little book should not be broken up and framed but stay as a whole as Millicent would have wanted me to do. I am enthralled by her work and will now actively look for some more of her dear little books for my collection.