American illustrator Eloise Wilkin..She is remembered for illustrating the classic Little Golden Books. She used her own family as models for her characters..her art popped off pages in ways in which words were almost unnecessary. She passed away on October 4, 1987. With her pet pit bull.
I think this might have come from one of my favorite golden books as a child - it was my absolute favorite - and when I taught in a two-room 1800s school house a few years ago, it was in the bookcase...God loves us in mysterious and wondrous ways!