Tweedledum and TweedledeeA great use of almost cinematic perspective. The miniscule nature of the pint-sized Generals is conveyed by the crow, which we see from above as it is about to sweep across the frame.
The Man in the MoonThe coldness of the night and the hotness of the cold plum porridge is vividly conveyed by the breath steaming out of the lunar traveller's mouth. His head is disconcertingly large in proportion to the rest of his body, giving him a slightly otherwordly mien. A nusery rhyme Mekon. The curve of the winter tree, as with the crow above, provides an effective framing element at the edge of the picture.
An old woman tossed up in a basketHampson back in outer space. Look at the expression of fear on the boy's face as he clings to the edge of the basket. He knows that if he tumbles out of the basket, he's got a long, long way to fall.
Goosey, goosey ganderA really rather terrifying depiction of an assault by a giant swan. This is the stuff of which nighmares are made. The sinuous curve of the staircase gives it a sense of a world turned upside down. Given the origins of the rhyme in Cromwellian nighttime house searches (as any viewer of Sapphire and Steel will know) this is rather appropriate.
Jack and JillAnother dreamlike image in which there seems to have been a localised failure of gravity. This is the kind of dream hill down which your headlong descent accelerates unstoppably. Jack and Jill will end up in the bay.
Doctor Foster went to GloucesterA prescient rhyme and a very Mack Sennett-like puddle. I like the look of startlement on the face of the Victorian gentleman in the middle distance. Gloucester Cathedral looms as a truncated ghost in the background, the edge of a rainbow's arc glimpsed rising above it in the top left hand corner. A steam engine is emerging from under the bridge. The wheels of the horse carriage have just splashed through a puddle, sending spray to either side. These are the sorts of detail which prolonged perusal would bring to light, and which would give you the sense of entering into an entirely realised world.
The North Wind doth blowAnother elevated perspective, the cold whiteness of the outside world framed by the warmth of the barn's wooden beams. Notice how the depth and severity of the snow is conveyed by the fact that the coach's passengers have had to get out and push. What a perfect Christmas card this would make (note to self...)