“Then the children gave a concert to the dolls, who were to be the company, while Bertha and Mary sang to them; Fido joining in the concert by howls, which, if they were not very musical, were at least expressive. They sang “Bo-peep” in parts, Bertha being the first voice, Mary the second, and Fido the bass; and they put a great deal of feeling into the song. Perhaps Fido thought Bo-peep’s dog very careless, and that made him end it by barking so very loud. A good dog certainly would have watched while his mistress slept.”
This adorable vintage engraving, by Oscar Pletsch, is from Little Folks and Little Friends by Oscar Pletsch, circa 1880.
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