Little Nancy Etticoat - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Here's a variation of this riddle from The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright:

Little Nanny Etticoat
In a white petticoat,
And a red nose;
The longer she stands
The shorter she grows.

Here's a version from Traditional Nursery Songs of England with Pictures by Eminent Modern Artists edited by Felix Summerly (1843):

Little Nan Etticoat
In a white petticoat
And a red nose,
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.

Comments

Scroll down for the answer to the riddle - though for this one you have a great hint!
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Answer: A lit candle.

Picture of Little Nancy Etticoat

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The 1st illustration can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. The 2nd illustration is from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.

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