Old Mother Hubbard Coloring Pages

This is followed by a series of quatrains in similar format relating to the pair’s further activities, the number of stanzas varying in later publications. However, there is evidence to suggest that only the continuation after the first three stanzas was the work of Ms Martin. A review of her work that appeared in The Guardian of Education praised “this little book, the poetry of which is of ancient date . . . We can recollect, at this distance of time, that in our infant days the Story of this renowned woman, though full of inconsistencies we confess, afforded us much entertainment. ” Since the reviewer, Sarah Trimmer, was born in 1741, that would date back the rhyme’s earlier version fifty years or more.

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