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Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Hardcover – September 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618737405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618737406
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes.
 
It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, each scene taking nearly a month to complete. In this book, Mavor renders a new and visionary nursery rhyme world with precision and intricacy for many a generation to treasure for years and years to come.



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The character’s faces are painted on wooden beads.

I include beads, shells and other found objects in the fabric relief scenes.

I hand sew every stitch in every illustration.



Some characters in the book have hats made of acorn caps.

I use plant dyed wool felt and multicolored threads to make the pictures.

I like using driftwood to make house roofs and furniture.


From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–The epitome of warm and fuzzy, this collection is illustrated with embroidered fabric pictures that have been embellished with small objects like buttons, bells, shells, and bits of driftwood. Some of the items, like Mary's little white lambs, are crocheted, and many of the people appear to have heads made of smooth, round dowels. Old verses like "Elsie Marley" and "Simple Simon" are given a new freshness with this interpretation. With no white space, and familiar text laid out simply, the pictures definitely take center stage. Young children love visual detail and this book will engage and delight. The characters don't look very expressive, but the soft colors and graceful lines are attractive and appealing. An unusual and charming addition to nursery-rhyme shelves.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

More About the Author

Salley Mavor grew up in the seaside village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in a household full of treasures and creative ideas. She learned to sew as a child and has been playing with a needle and thread ever since. At home, there were always art supplies close at hand and a sense that time was available for creative pursuit. Drawing with crayons was never enough for Salley. She remembers feeling that her pictures were not finished until something real was glued, stapled or sewn to them. Today, Ms. Mavor's fabric relief artwork is an outgrowth of her childhood fascination with handwork. A review of the recent exhibit, Salley Mavor: Sewn Stories at the Brattleboro Museum of Art in Vermont reads, "In astonishing detail, Mavor's work above all conveys an artist who is entirely present. Beyond merely illustrating a story or poem, she brings us into it. Surely her thread is gossamer, her fingers unimaginably nimble."

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Mavor has illustrated many children's books using her unique blend of materials, found objects and sewing techniques. Her craft how-to book, Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects, includes directions and patterns for making a variety of wee folk dolls. Her newest children's book, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the 2011 Golden Kite Award. The original fabric relief artwork from the book is touring the country.




Customer Reviews

This is a wonderful book of nursery rhymes.
B. Christian
They are artfully arranged and accompanied by some of the most unique and beautiful illustrations you will ever see.
J. Prather
This is one of my favorite books to give at baby showers.
Austin21

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I think every young child should have his or her own collection of nursery rhymes, and if you are searching for one for your child, stop looking and buy this one. All the classics are here, carefully indexed in the back. There are over 60, ranging from Baa Baa Black Sheep to Wee Willie Winkie. They are artfully arranged and accompanied by some of the most unique and beautiful illustrations you will ever see. Every character, plant, animal and accessory is handcrafted, giving the illustrations a fascinating texture and dimension. Dolls made of fabric are often wearing acorn caps, flower petal skirts and small hand sewn pj's and sweaters. Buttons adorn sofas, and small doilies portray snowflakes!
The creativity and imagination on display all but guarantee that this will be a book your child can return to again and again to not only learn these classic rhymes but marvel at the intricate photos. A HUGE recommend.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julia Janzen on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Our 4 year old daughter's favorite things are books. We probably have 1000's of children's books tucked throughout our house. This is the first Salley Mavor book we've bought and I have to say I couldn't be more pleased. It is the most beautiful book we own and to know that Salley actually crafted all of the little scenes for the Rhymes makes it that much more special. It's a magical thing to see somebody use their god given gift. This book is just pure inspiration for creativity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ana Braga-Henebry VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The entire book was stitched and photographed, and it is one delightful page after another! Enjoy the amazon page as it offers many inside views plus a lot of interesting photos on the making of the book, posted by the author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This collection of classic nursery rhyme verse, with lush felted illustrations, will capture the heart and minds of young children ages 2-5. From exploring old classics, to hearing a rhyme with a new verse, this is a collection not to be missed. If you are looking for nursery rhymes, this is your new picture book text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin Mom on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift in hopes it would be an inspiration for my felt work. Boy howdy is it ever. This book is beautifully detailed and a great addition to my creative library. It's a fabric artist's eye candy! Would make a great gift for any artist or designer of any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D5000 on September 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this book for my 4 month old son. The illustrations and colors are great. He loves looking at all of the pages. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars, is I feel like there are some major nursery rhymes that are missing, and a few random rhymes I have never heard (and I've worked in a daycare and thought I pretty much heard them all). But my son loves it and it's a great book so I think it's worth it :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pearl Zovwizdom on October 18, 2010
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Pure eye candy on every page. The author's sense of design and color, her creative use of felt, fibers and found objects, and her amazing technique all combine to make this a real treasure.
I collect children's books - vintage and new - and I can honestly say this is the most beautiful one I own. I can't imagine how long it must have taken her to create it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Krista on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After reading this collection of nursery rhymes, illustrated by Salley Mavor I instantly flashed back to my childhood. This book is not only suitable for young children; it is also entertaining for adults. Mavor was very intricate with her style of illustrations. Each scene was embroidered and sewed onto the page then photographed. It took her almost a month to complete each scene! The classic nursery rhymes included in this book were very well selected, such as Baa Baa Black Sheep and Wee Willie Winkie. It's obvious the author tried to group similar rhymes together, but unfortunately the book does not flow well. Over all it was a good read, and I think it is important for children to know these classic nursery rhymes and pass them down to their children. The book A Pocket Full of Posies is not just a book, due to the elaborate illustrations it is a keep-sake.
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