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The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – December 23, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (December 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060515737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060515737
  • ASIN: 0060515732
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* PreS. Nina Crews' clear, beautiful color photographs and computer manipulations bring children close-up to people like them. In this modern Mother Goose, she uses computer tools to combine photos of joyful kids in her Brooklyn neighborhood with all kinds of scenarios, realistic and wild. In "Hey diddle diddle!" a brooding cat holding a violin watches a boy running on the sidewalk, while a silver spoon looms over a wooden fence and a cow walks in the air above a full moon. In contrast, the illustration for "Pat-a-Cake" is homey and real: two girls clap hands in a front of a bakery window. The child's sense of being small in a world of giants is beautifully captured in the double-page spread of tiny kids jumping in a giant shoe. Realism, of course, has never been part of the Mother Goose nonsense drama, but preschoolers will enjoy seeing kids like themselves in pictures that make the familiar rhymes part of imaginative fun on the city sidewalk, where girls and boys come out to ride their scooters and bikes, play ball, and dream. Hazel Rochman
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“Mother Goose’s timeless rhymes are quite at home in this new setting.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“A fresh and welcome contribution.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Brimming with infectious joy.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“This gathering of common and not-so-common rhymes will be a hit with young readers and pre-readers in any setting, urban or otherwise.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Preschoolers will enjoy seeing kids like themselves in pictures that make the familiar rhymes part of imaginative fun on the city sidewalk, where girls and boys come out to ride their scooters and bikes, play ball, and dream.” (Booklist (starred review))

More About the Author

Nina Crews takes photographs and makes collages to create her distinctive picture books. Her stories draw inspiration from the children and neighborhoods of Brooklyn - her home for over 25 years. She is the daughter of children's book author and illustrators Donald Crews and Ann Jonas. Her first book was One Hot Summer Day, published in 1995. Other books include The Neighborhood Mother Goose, 2004, which was selected as an ALA Notable Book for 2004, Kirkus and School Library Journals Best Books of 2004, and The New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing. Her book, Below, was an ALA Notable Book for 2006 and Junior Library Guild Selection. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son and one cat.

Customer Reviews

The photographs of children of various ethnicities is one reason I bought this book.
Karen Temple
The book features color photos of kids enjoying life in their neighborhood The pictures of all the different children were interesting to look at.
Melissa Sack
Nina Crews brings new life to these timeless treasures in her book THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Toddy Dyer on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
My two boys love this book. Each night they pick 4 of their favorites for me to read. After two weeks of reading this book - they know almost all the words to all of the poems. This is a great way to teach kids the old rhymes with cool hip photos and computer manipulations which make the tales leap off the page and in to your home.
An English professor told us that the best way to instill a love of reading in to your child is to encourage them to memorize and enjoy nursery rhymes and tales. This book is the perfect first intro.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mia on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a music teacher in a city school, I have used this book to introduce children to nursery rhymes and to give those who already know them a new understanding. The photo illustrations are beautiful and depict the text using modern city-scape images. My students can interpret the meaning of these treasured old rhymes by looking at illustrations of kids who look just like they do. The book features photographs of children with different skin and hair colors, styles of dress, and kids of various ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on October 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We all know and love them, those little rhymes and verses we learned as children. Nina Crews brings new life to these timeless treasures in her book THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE. In the book, which includes over 40 rhymes and verses, she pairs such verses as "This little pig went to market," "Rain, rain, go away," and "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe" with her stunning photographic creations. The photographs feature children from a variety of cultural backgrounds, and as a result any child that reads the book is sure to find someone on the pages that look like them. I also liked the fact that the photos included both mothers AND fathers interacting with children in a positive way. This is a book that I highly recommend, because it can serve as a way that parents can share a part of their childhood with their children. Many of the collections of nursery rhymes that I have encountered include dated photographs that are not particularly exciting for today's children. The eye-popping and intricate photography is worthy of endless discussion in its own right. This book is definitely a must have for any young child's library.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Meggie on January 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Old nursery rhymes with a new look. If your child has ever wondered what "pickled peppers" were, pick up this very contemporary look at favorite rhymes. Illustrations are an update to the old style that left young ones wondering what some of the rhymes were about. Crews gives Mother Goose a new look that was long overdue. Kids love this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KSL on February 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow, what a cool book Nina Crews' has made! She's taken Mother Goose rhymes and verses we know and love and has also introduced us to some we don't know.

How? Just by taking photographs in an urban setting, using multi-cultural children to make them current and up to date and easy for your child to relate to. There are so many versions of Mother Goose books, but this one really is cool and is worth looking into!

Here are the rhymes and verses included in this book:

As I was going along
A was an apple pie
Bow, Wow, Wow
Cobbler, Cobbler
Dance, Little Baby
Diddle, Diddle Dumpling
Georgie Porgie
Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play
Hey Diddle Diddle!
Humpty Dumpty
Hush-a-bye, Baby
Itsy- Bitsy Spider
Jack and Jill
Jack, Be Nimble
Ladybug, Ladybug
Little Miss Muffet
Luck Locket
Man in the Moon Looked out of the Moon
Mary, Mary, quiet contrary
Once I saw a Little Bird
One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
One, Two, Whatever You Do
Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake
Peas Porridge Hot
Peter Piper
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Ride a Cockhorse
Ring Around the Rosie
Roses Are Red
There Was A Little Girl
There Was An Old Woman Tossed In A Blanket
There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe
This Little Pig Went to Market
Three Wise Men of Gotham
To Market, To Market
Touch Blue
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Wee Willie Winkie Runs Through the Town
When I was A Little Boy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Rackliff on December 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the fifth copy of this book that I have purchased for myself and as gifts. I am a mother, grandmother as well as being a preschool teacher for 30 years. The children in my class just love nursery rhymes and repeat them and fill in the word if I pause at the end of a line. I just love the pictures and this makes the rhymes more realistic in this day and age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Colpean on November 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Nina Crews puts a twist on familiar nursery rhythms through her illustrations. She uses inspiration from her Brooklyn neighborhood. The illustrations are GREAT, she uses real life pictures of scenes than depending on the poem she shrinks or makes things bigger (but not in all pictures). For example in the nursery rhythm there was an old woman who lived in a shoe she has a big picture of a shoe and lots of children shrunk down so they look tiny. I also like how in the pictures there is diversity amongst the people, not just one race. I think children would love this book the illustrations are amazing. Thumbs up!
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