I've received a couple requests to follow through on my threatened follow-up to Minnie, the Little Fish Who Lived in a Shoe, so here are Nell Witters' illustrations from the "other stories": "Doodle Doo, the Rooster Who Fell into the Pea Soup" and "The Three Billy-Goats Gruff." The book was published in 1931 though the illustrations are likely from the late 20s (it appears to be a little anthology).
"Oh, poor Doodle Doo fell into the soup and got drowned; Mother Cluck is sitting on the hearth crying and grieving; the coffee grinder is grinding and groaning; the stool is creaking and cracking; the door is slamming and banging; the dust-bin is fuming and smoking; the rake is rending and raking; the aspen is quivering and quaking; the birds are pecking and plucking off their feathers; therefore I am pulling the broom to pieces," said the man.
Bio of the illustrator by Mary Malocha, Curator of Exhibitions/Collections, Saginaw Art Museum:
Nell Witters was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1882. While still a child, her family moved to Saginaw. By the time she graduated from Saginaw High in 1901, her artistic interest was already established. In addition to becoming an art teacher, Witters continued taking art classes in Chicago, Pennsylvania, and New York, where she studied under the great American printmaker, Martin Lewis. By 1919, she had moved permanently to New York City, where she enjoyed a successful art career through exhibition awards and illustrating for publications. When the Saginaw Art Museum opened in 1948, Witters was one of the first, and most generous, donors. She continued to exhibit her work until she was in her 80s. In 1966, she moved to California, and it was there that she died in September 1972.