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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: My Very First Mother Goose
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076363655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763636555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,647,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS—This third collection by Opie and Wells includes 22 less-familiar rhymes. According to Opie's introduction, "…the little treasures in this book…are the most mysterious fragments of our shared memory." Some rhymes are silly ("Little old dog sits under a chair,/Twenty-five grasshoppers/snarled in his hair….") Others are surreal. For example, "Mother, May I?" poses the question, "Mother, may I go out swimming?," which is answered, "Yes, my darling daughter;/Hang your clothes on a hickory limb,/But don't go near the water." Meanwhile, the picture shows a little girl, waist-deep in a pool, pulling a little boat and holding a doll that looks just like the little girl, which does transform this playful verse into something, yes, mysterious. Many of the characters make multiple appearances, and many are Wells's characteristic rabbits and cats. The very nature of this book makes it a less-essential purchase than this team's My Very First Mother Goose (1996) or Here Comes Mother Goose (1999, both Candlewick), so possibly only larger collections or libraries with lots of Rosemary Wells fans will want it.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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*Starred Review* In her introduction, Opie notes, "If I am Mother Goose's self-appointed treasurer, then Rosemary Wells is definitely her illuminator." Truer words were never spoken. This gem, comprising 22 tidbits from little-known nursery rhymes, shines with the charm of old-time rhymes and with Wells' beloved animal and child characters, set down in her signature style. As with familiar Mother Goose rhymes, the ones here don't always make sense, but they exude syncopated silliness and fun: "Mrs. Whirly / Mrs. Whirly sells fish, / Three ha'pence a dish; / Don't buy it, / don't buy it, / It stinks / when you fry it." What's more, the quirky nature of many of the rhymes provides a clean slate for Wells' inspired playfulness. This title joins Opie and Wells' two previous collections, My Very First Mother Goose (1996) and Here Comes Mother Goose (1999), to form a exceptional trilogy, which—given that Wallace Tripp's Granfa' Grig Had a Pig (1976) and Arnold Lobel's Gregory Griggs and Other Nursery Rhyme People (1978) are now hard to find—will keep Mother Goose's less-familiar rhymes alive. Like Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose (1985), this third Opie-Wells treasury of treasures is likely to become a staple in children's collections. Cummins, Julie

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bri on November 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mother Goose's Little Treasures, by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells, isn't your mother's Mother Goose. The collection consists of twenty-two Mother Goose rhymes plucked from obscurity by the world's foremost Goose folklorist.

The book's introduction bears a lovingly-crafted appearance, with an explanation of its origin. We learn the stories contained within are "the most mysterious fragments from our shared memory: long-ago laughter of little meaning and echoes of ancient spells."

This sweet opening, in which Opie describes the rhymes as "confirmation that though we must live in the real world, we need to know the way to another world, where there are not limits and nothing is certain," is the perfect description for the collection. It fills the reader with the want to see the rhymes operate on two levels, as stories for the present and as verbal heirlooms for future generations. By putting these to paper, one hopes they're no longer shut in the minds of readers, but repeated, chanted, and sung aloud.

Hopefully, this is the case, as this collection is absolutely charming. The rhymes vary in length, and soft illustrations by famed children's author Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame accompany them. I found the images highly appealing - the colors are still varied, but soft and not harsh to baby's gentle eyes.

The rhymes themselves are fun and whimsical, capturing the very essence that is Mother Goose. When read aloud, rhythms vary from lilting lullabies (The Moon Shines Bright) to silly song (Mrs Whirly). A departure from the usual, they're from long ago, yet appear timeless. In this age of "edutainment" this is a welcome addition to a child's bookshelf, that one would return to time and time again.
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By Noah Bershatsky on January 11, 2008
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This is a cute book. I love the drawings. There are several nursery rhymes that I have never heard before, but they are all funny and goofy. A nice addition to my child's library.
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