Cackle, cackle Mother Goose,
Have you any feathers loose?
Truly have I, pretty fellow,
Half enough to fill a pillow.
Here are quills, take one or two
And down to make a bed for you.
For over three centuries, Mother Goose has delighted children with nonsense rhymes, cautionary tales, and singsong verses. With the many renderings of Mother Goose that have appeared over the years, it's hard to imagine a strikingly original version. Yet with Mother Goose Remembers, Clare Beaton strides into entirely new territory. Selecting many of her own childhood favorites, Beaton illustrates them with her hand-sewn designs, using antique fabrics, felt, beads, braids, lace, buttons, and bric-a-brac. The result is a truly charming treasury of poignantly old-fashioned portrayals of "The Queen of Hearts," "To Market, to Market," "Polly Put the Kettle On," "Little Jack Horner," and heaps more. The downy illustrations seem to leap out at the reader, who will want to touch the paper just to be sure it's not actually made of fabric and gewgaws. The title of each rhyme is sewn onto the soft-colored background in big, loose stitches, evoking bygone days when a child's education included embroidery and recitations. Onto each scene floats a single stitched feather for young readers to discover, providing a fun challenge as they "fill" a goose-down pillow for bedtime. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beaton (One Moose, Twenty Mice) stitches and appliqu's her way through 46 nursery rhymes, including a few less familiar treasures most notably, "There Was an Old Woman Up in a Basket," about a senior citizen who goes to great heights to sweep cobwebs from the moon. She exquisitely and inventively crafts each picture from felt, antique fabrics and bric-a-brac. In "I Had a Little Nut Tree," for example, the tree is made from eyelet fabric and dotted with tiny wooden beads. Beaton's work evokes the cozy domesticity and unhurried days of a bygone era, and many adults may find it refreshing to find a Mother Goose untainted by zingy modern ironies. But unlike How Big Is a Pig (reviewed below), the sewn illustrations don't quite transcend their inherently decorative quality. Beaton seldom plays with perspective, perhaps because the design necessitates that she devote space within each illustration to incorporate longer texts. While ambitious, this compendium unfortunately fails to find new visual energy in these old chestnuts. All ages. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great collection of nursery rhymes - the classic ones and those long-forgotten! I received this book for my girls and bought it for another family as well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shasha
Clare Beaton is the best; however, these books arrived covered with dust/dirt, not good for new baby gifts, so were returned.Published 15 months ago by Paul K Burkholder
I see by all the other positive reviews that we are not the only family who loves this book/cd set. Not only do I love reading this with my 2-year old daughter, but often she... Read morePublished 20 months ago by anniejayne
My youngest grandchild loves the rhymes, and the older girl is trying some of the sewing ideas. A wonderful and idea filled nursery Rhyme book for the embroidery inclined. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carol T. Wood
This is my favorite collection of nursery rhymes. Illustrated with Clare Beaton's original appliques, featuring antique linens and exquisite detail, this book is a delight to look... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Daniel E. Ohlms
I remember how my mother sang a lot of these songs to me when I was growing up and I still like listening to them. All four of my grandchildren loves this CD.Published on July 26, 2012 by maria