A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go

A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go by Randolph Caldecott cover, a well dressed mouse and frog knocking on a front door

A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go

Written by Randolph Caldecott

England, George Routledge & Sons, 1883

9.6" x 8.35"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

It was a departure for Randolph Caldecott to undertake a story featuring animal characters in human dress, and the change suited the caricaturist well. When new, this sprightly book was such a success at the home of one London family that its patriarch, Rupert Potter, a lawyer and art collector, purchased three of the illustrator's originals. Potter's 17-year-old daughter, Beatrix, was then still an aspiring artist. She studied the Caldecotts, and later demonstrated their impact on her as the creator of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, and, in particular, a waistcoated frog of her own devising named Jeremy Fisher.


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The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter cover, a well dressed frog floating on a lily pad

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

Written and Illustrated by Beatrix Potter

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., 1906

4.25" x 5.75"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

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A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go