Iona Opie; Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From "Hey Diddle, Diddle" and "Pat-a-Cake" to "Little Jack Horner" and "Pussycat, Pussycat," these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations; these are the rhymes that are every child's birthright.
With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that may prove equally enduring, MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. This is a book that promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for readers of all ages.
CRITICS HAVE SAID
- Such a spirit of fun and pleasure emanates from every page of this big, handsome volume that although there are many distinguished entries in the nursery-rhyme book field, this one is sure to add special joy to any collection.
–School Library Journal
- There’s little point in pretending that even prodigious collections of nursery rhymes can do without this one–it’s a must.
IF YOU LOVE THIS BOOK, THEN TRY:
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- Edwards, Pamela Duncan. The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose. HarperCollins, 2005.
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- Moses, Will, comp. Will Moses Mother Goose. Philomel, 2003.
- Opie, Iona, comp. Here Comes Mother Goose. Candlewick, 1999.
- Opie, Iona, and Peter Opie, comps. Tail Feathers from Mother Goose: The Opie Rhyme Book. Little, Brown, 1988.
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