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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458081
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr K-3 Hillenbrand illustrates 20 familiar Mother Goose rhymes in a large-format collection that captures the cheerful, rambunctious spirit of these traditional rhymes in mixed-media artwork. The broad double-page spreads offer plenty of space for the large-scale images and for the small pictures that replace two or more words in each verse. With the rebus images appearing larger within the main illustration along with the words they replace, there s plenty here for pre-readers to puzzle over, guess, and enjoy. Another guessing game element that will keep kids coming back is the hunt for a detail in each picture that hints at the selection illustrated on the next spread. For instance, the artwork for Baa, Baa, Black Sheep shows a little shepherdess in the far distance. Turn the page to see her in the foreground of the picture for Little Bo Peep, which includes a row of corn, foreshadowing Little Boy Blue. A fresh, playful introduction to Mother Goose. --Booklist March 1, 2011

Gr K-3 To market, to market comes a new collection of nursery rhymes jazzed up by a rebus format. A large trim size gives Hillenbrand (Don t Slam the Door!) ample room to create cheerful scenes in which familiar characters cavort. But his playful tweaks in visually depicting both verse and action make this outing special. Each uncluttered, mixed-media spread features a rhyme (mostly well-known classics, including Jack and Jill, Miss Muffet, and Humpy Dumpty), which appears in large font with pictures in place of some of the words. The same rebus pictures appear and are labeled in the main art on the page, so readers can make connections between words and images. Gently humorous touches abound: King Cole is a jollylooking lion, and his fiddlers three are none other than the three blind mice; Wee Willie Winkie is wee indeed he s a mouse. This volume works as a nifty guessing game for early readers (some of the rebus pictures will be more obvious than others), and the beloved rhymes and detail-rich artwork should earn the project an enthusiastic audience. --PW January 31, 2011

About the Author

Will Hillenbrand has illustrated many beloved picture books, including Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root; Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanka; and What a Treasure! by Jane Hillenbrand. He also wrote and illustrated another Christmas story, Asleep in the Stable. Will enjoys visiting classrooms to talk about the creative process involved in making a picture book. He lives with his wife, Jane, and their son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio.

More About the Author

Will Hillenbrand has illustrated many beloved picture books, including "Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root"; "Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash!" by Barbara Odanka; and "What a Treasure!" by Jane Hillenbrand. He also wrote and illustrated another Christmas story, "Asleep in the Stable". Will enjoys visiting classrooms to talk about the creative process involved in making a picture book. He lives with his wife, Jane, and their son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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This book is a lot of fun to read with a child.
Katie Luther
Overall it's a good nursery rhyme book that parents can read to young children, and as your child gets older they can figure out the pictures so you can read together.
Ninjaba
"Mother Goose Picture Puzzles" is a lovely book with cute illustrations of Mother Goose poems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Will Hillenbrand is fast becoming my favorite author/illustrator. In Picture Puzzles, he has taken 20 Mother Goose rhymes,turned them into rebus puzzles and surrounded them with illustrations that are charming to say the least. Beginning readers will have tons of fun reading these with their parents. The rebus pictures appear in the rhyme and appear again in the large illustration along with the word, so there are plenty of clues to be had just in case you need a little help remembering that the goose is really a gander and those three mice playing fiddles are in fact the "fiddlers three".

The characters in the rhymes are cute and expressive, from Mary who really does appear quite contrary to Baa Baa Black Sheep busily cutting off his wool. Humpty Dumpty is seen riding in the back of the King's Men Ambulance, and Old King Cole is in fact a quite merry lion. There are simply no misses here, just lots of fun to be had. If you've got a young one who is eager to read, this is a sure fire way to let them feel some early success as they "figure out" these pictures. If you are just looking for a basic collection of Mother Goose rhymes for a younger child, once again this is an excellent choice to keep in your home library. Either way you will have helped foster a love of rhyme that will serve your child well. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2013
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You know the great thing about kids...they do nothing in moderation. **please note the sarcasm** My daughter has gone to bed every night to this book for the past two weeks. I dont even have to look at the words anymore...I know the book by heart. But the wonderful thing is that by page 5, my daughter is conked out. Thank you Mother Goose, for allowing me to put my child to sleep by 7:30 every night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mzglorybe VINE VOICE on August 6, 2013
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This is a collection of classics for children. It allows them to participate in the reading by identifying an object that is placed in the sentence instead of a word. These are old fashioned poems/stories, however, and you will have to explain the picture of the "crown" as most kids don't know what Jack "broke" when he fell down, unless you explain it to them. In that instance it allows them to learn a new word, or perhaps we should say an "old" word, just new/unfamiliar to them.

This is a large glossy covered book with wonderful illustrations and several stories. It is well done, would be a welcome addition to any child's personal library or a great gift for a child in the 3 to 5 year age bracket. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2013
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This is a very good book for both adults and children with a lot of interaction.
The author replaces key words in the rhyme with a picture.
The child identifies the item completing the phrase.
The items are not hard to identify, a dish, a cat, a shoe are good examples.
This means the child will not have problems participating in the "reading".
The illustrations are excellent.
The type is large and easy on the eyes.
My grandchildren always like Mother Goose this is an excellent presentation and great fun.
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This is a great book to read with kids from 3-5 or so. Hillenbrand has taken classic Mother Goose rhymes and replaced some words with little pictures. (E.g., "Jack and Jill went up the [picture of a hill] to fetch . . .")

The larger illustrations are really nice, and the addition of pictures helps keep pre-readers interested by giving them a way to participate. I wouldn't exactly call them puzzles - it's pretty much just saying "spider" when you see a picture of a spider, and just in case, there's an answer key hidden in the larger picture - but that's just about right for younger kids.

Strongly recommended - fun for parents to read to their little ones, and a good way to introduce them to reading.
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Mother Goose Picture Puzzles is recommended for ages 6 to 8, but my 3 1/2 year old daughter enjoys this book. This is a bit of a different take on the classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes, because it is written with a rebus format. They are fairly simple to figure out though, and my daughter can do most of them after she understood the concept.

The illustrations in this book are outstanding. They are very colorful and detailed. The book is printed on a high quality, heavy weight paper that should resist the sometimes clumsy hands of young children.
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My toddler is really into interactive books right now so this was right up her alley. Each turn of the page gave her a new "puzzle" to solve, helping us figure out what word belongs. It's a great way to share the old nursery rhymes in a more interesting manner.
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A book to belong in anyone's library who has children and a book to pass down through generations. Beautiful illustrations and a fun way for kids to learn new words and classic rhymes.
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