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Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses Hardcover – September 20, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.]
I would highly recommend this book.
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This is a fabulous book. Get this for your GK's. Mine love it. The pics are excellent.Published 7 days ago by joyce oronzio
This was a Christmas present for my great-granddaughter who is 18 months old. Her parents are thrilled with it. I am in Texas, and she is in Oregon.Published 19 days ago by Dolores S. Guinn
Beautiful pictures. I read this to my son starting at 6 months on up. He is now 9 and so dang smart. I believe it's from all the reading we did as a child. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Hurst
I love reading this book to my baby girl. So many great nursery rhymes!Published 2 months ago by A. Nellie