Silver Bells and Cockle Shells

Illustrated Classic Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Henriëtte Willebeek Le Mair

Out of print

Quick Look

  • A charming collection of thirty classic nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty and Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Beautifully illustrated in delicate watercolour, this is the perfect gift for any baby or child
  • Discover new verses of old favourites with each rhyme is in it's original, full version

A delicately illustrated, vintage collection of thirty classic nursery rhymes.

230 x 280 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 2 to 8 years
64 pages
Publication date:
19 Sep 2013


This beautifully illustrated, vintage collection of thirty classic nursery rhymes is the perfect gift for any baby or child.

First published in 1911, it includes favourites such as Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sing a Song of Sixpence and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, each in its full version with verses you may not have discovered before.

The rhymes are all illustrated in delicate watercolour tones by Dutch illustrator, Henriëtte Willebeek le Mair.


'Ever started singing your children their favourite nursery rhyme but then ended up humming it because you don't remember the words? This beautiful vintage book should help! The watercolour illustrations are graceful and elegant and each complements the rhyme perfectly. Families Rating: 4 out of 6'
-- Families magazine


Henriëtte Willebeek Le Mair (1889-1966) was born in Rotterdam to a family of wealthy merchants. Her father, a keen patron of the arts, encouraged his daughter's artistic talent, and in 1910 she was commissioned to illustrate a collection of nursery rhymes, which was originally published as Our Old Nursery Rhymes. Through her extensive travels abroad, Henriëtte developed an interest in Eastern religion, languages and culture. In 1921, she converted to Sufism, a mystical Islamic philosophy. Although painting remained important to Henriëtte throughout her life, her religious work eventually took precedence over her illustration.

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