First published in 1905, ‘Mother Goose in Prose’ was the first children’s book written by author L. Frank Baum, best known for his later series of stories set in the imaginary land of Oz. Featuring an introduction from the author, ‘Mother Goose in Prose’ is a book which explores the history of the famous nursery rhymes, using them as the inspiration for this fascinating collection of 22 short stories. A delightful compilation for readers of all ages.
Lyman Frank Baum (1856 – 1919) was a prolific and well-known American writer. He is best known for his famous series of modern fairy tales set in the imaginary land of Oz. The first of the books, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is widely considered to be the first true American fairy tale and was the basis for the hugely popular 1939 classic musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’ starring Judy Garland. Born and raised in New York, Baum held a range of jobs including as a poultry farmer, clerk, and storekeeper before pursuing his talent for writing at the age of 41. He wrote 14 novels in the Oz series, as well as over 40 other novels and over 80 short stories. He died in California in 1919.