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Starred Review. Score one for tradition. For listeners seeking a classic collection of the beloved nursery rhymes, this volume collected by author/artist Engelbreit and read in a bright and inviting tone by Redgrave will be the perfect cup of tea. The British actress is an inspired choice here, providing crisp pronunciation and lilting rhythm throughout. Cheery and playful without being silly, her performance catches all the fun-to-say and fun-to-hear elements of the verse. Marcus leads off with his praise of Mother Goose's ability to encourage children's love of language. From there, Redgrave's reading is largely unfettered, with brief pauses between each rhyme and a snippet of guitar instrumentals nestled after every 10selections. The recording works fine as a standalone, but may also serve as a read-along with Engelbreit's simultaneously released—and intricately illustrated—anthology of the same name. All ages. (Sept.)
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PreSchool-Grade 1–A popular artist has illustrated 100 nursery rhymes in her distinctive style, reminiscent of the work of Kate Greenaway and Tasha Tudor. Historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus provides an introduction about the staying power of Mother Goose rhymes, and Engelbreits afterword discusses her illustration process. Well-known rhymes are included, along with some that will be less familiar to both children and adults. No more than three rhymes appear on any spread, giving the layout a clean, uncluttered look. The illustrations feature children and adults of various ethnicities and ages, although almost all have the simple rounded faces and bodies for which the artist is known. Engelbreit has outfitted her characters, both fantastic and human, in a variety of period clothes, from medieval to more contemporary. Most have an English look to them–little boys wear short pants and knee socks, and little girls wear flowered dresses and pinafores. There are occasional comic touches, like the pussycat coming back from visiting the queen in shades and a pink coat, and with lots of luggage. Endpapers feature old-fashioned pastel renderings of well-known nursery-rhyme characters. This volume is likely to prove popular with children and Engelbreits adult following. A solid collection that would be useful in any library.–Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060081716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060081713
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Engelbreit's aphorisms and artwork appear on millions of greeting cards. Her popularity continues to grow due to the success of her books, calendars, home decor, stationery, and crafting products. She resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ReviewerWhoPrefersToBeAnonymous VINE VOICE on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you're reading this on Amazon, you probably want to know how this book compares with other large-format Mother Goose nursery rhyme books. Here's my comparison of this book with four others.

This book (Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses, ISBN 0060081716) -- Published 2005. PLUSES: If you like Engelbreit's artistic style, this book is for you. A number of illustrations depict black and Asian children. Has some uncommon rhymes (e.g., "Three Little Ghostesses" and "Terrence McDiddler"). I found no violent rhymes. MINUSES: Some illustrations do not fit the rhymes well. As one example, Jack Sprat's wife appears to have some "lean" vegetables and fruits on her side of the table (though certainly a much larger quantity of food than Jack himself). As another example, "Three Little Kittens" shows the kittens in large mittens on a clothesline, while the rhyme calls on them to be losing and putting on the mittens. Some pages (22, 28, 69, 76, 90, 93, 112, 117) have two rhymes on them, which might be slightly confusing, but on the other hand it might also be fun for kids to guess the relationship between the two rhymes on a page (e.g., "Red sky at night" and "Touch blue" both deal with colors). SUMMARY: 4 stars.

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson, ISBN 978-0867130973 -- 45 rhymes. Published 2007. PLUSES: Illustrations (oil paintings) are large, detailed, varied, and fanciful; think a combination of Norman Rockwell, Walt Disney, and Salvador Dali.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Pam - mom-ish since 2000 TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We borrowed this book from the library and now we are going to buy it - even though we own 3 other Mother Goose collections!

One of the reasons is the selection of poems. Somehow they have found new selections that were not included in our other volumes. Examples include: a poem which asks a mother hen how many chicks she has; one about a four leaf clover; one about a bat; and one about spinning mice and a mischievous cat.

Two poems follow:

One leaf for fame,
One leaf for wealth
One for a faithful lover,
And one leaf to bring glorious health,
Are all in a four-leaf clover.

Little Poll Parrot sat in his garret,
Eating toast and tea;
A little brown mouse jumped into the house
And stole it all away.

There are plenty of the classic poems as well so you won't miss out on Jack and Jill, nor the many sheep that M.G. writes about. And yes, it should be noted that this selection of poems has none of the `meaner' poems; ones that you wouldn't necessarily want read to babies and toddlers.

Five Stars. Great selections of poems which is prompting us to buy yet another Mother Goose book. Artwork is pastel and nice and uncluttered: generally one poem per page. [I've never been a fan of Mary Engelbreit's artwork but children are very attracted to her style and it works very nicely here.]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Walker on September 21, 2005
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I just received my copy of Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose. I pre-ordered it last December and have been waiting patiently for it to arrive and it was well worth the wait. It is the most beautifully illustrated Mother Goose book I have ever seen, and I have seen many editions. The large colorful illustratons are sure to appeal to young children. I can hardly wait to share it with my six (soon to be seven) grandchilden. Thank you for making it available.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Li Zheng on February 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The book is so beautiful and charming, both my 3 year old daughter and me love it very much. The reason why I gave 3 star is I am a bit disappointed with the accompanying CD, we couldn't seperately review the CD only. Maybe it is just me, the voice isn't pretty. There is such a boring introduction (over 5min) in the begining, while the verses are mostly less than 20 seconds long. So go for the book but not the CD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OlgaAr on February 15, 2007
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I have a 2 and a half month old and I could not believe it when I opened the book and he started smiling. We usually lay down on the bed and I have him looking up at the book. He loves the colors and I know that one day he'll love the rhymes. He smiles every time I take that book out.

I would highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Elliott on November 3, 2006
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As a former children's librarian who is very familiar with children's literature, I think this is possibly the best Mother Goose out there. I bought this for my granddaughter and she loves it, as do I. The selection is great and the illustrations are a delight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Ungru on March 9, 2007
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This is one of my favorite children's books. The classic Mother Goose tales coupled with Mary Engelbreit's beautiful illustrations makes this a must for every child's library. I originally purchased this book for my "Grandma Hope Chest" but it has now become a traditional shower gift. If you are looking for the perfect Mother Goose book this is the one for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Simon on February 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this for my Granddaughters and was very pleased to be giving it to them for a gift. The book is just beautiful, and hopefully, will be around for a long time. If you are a fan of Mary Engelbreit, or just looking for a lovely, colorful, fun Mother Goose book, you will not be disappointed. I was very pleased with Amazon's quick shipping and prices. I'll be doing more of my gift shopping here in the future.
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