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Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses Hardcover – September 20, 2005


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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: 10.5 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From School Library Journal

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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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Mary Engelbreit's illustrations are wonderful!
Texas transplant
My children have LOVED this book through the years and I purchase this as baby shower gifts now.
Bigmac
Beautifully illustrated book containing all the loved nursery rhymes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As almost everyone now knows Mary Engelbreit is no longer the little girl who copied illustrations from her mother's collection of storybooks - she has grown up to be a beloved, popular illustrator and, now that you mention it, an industry. Her sprightly, colorful art appears on everything from cups to fabrics. She's a phenomenon who has won our hearts.

I highly recommend Engelbreit's hardcover version of this title as well as the audio book, which is not to be missed as read by acclaimed actress Lynn Redgrave. She brings a rich, vibrant voice to her performances of some 100 familiar nursery rhymes. We may think we've heard Little Bo-Beep or Humpty Dumpty a number of times, but we've not heard them as read by Redgrave who injects added humor and a touch suspense to the familiar rhymes.

Introduction on the audio book is by Leonard Marcus, historian and critic of children's literature as well as the author of "Dear Genius: Margaret Wise Brown," and other titles.

This is an audio book that will be prized by both children and adults - don't miss it!

Gail Cooke
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee 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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20 of 21 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Walker on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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16 of 17 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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