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The Annotated Mother Goose: With an Introduction and Notes Hardcover – December 12, 1988


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bramhall House; 1st edition (December 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517029596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517029596
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Things you never knew" might be a subtitle for this comprehensive volume of familiar and lesser-known nursery rhymes. Some are the "folk rhymes of children" from other parts of Europe, but in the United States they have all become "Mother Goose Rhymes." >From Medieval jingles with ancient hidden meanings, to politically cogent British street chants, the collection proceeds finally to those rhymes published in 1870 in Philadelphia. Fascinating historical notes in the half-page margins explain all or most of the 884 rhymes. These reveal the true (and often amazing) reasons and purposes of what we have assumed to be "nonsense" devised by and for children. Early woodcuts and print illustrations are reproduced including those by Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, Arthur Rackham and Maxfield Parrish. Highest value of this book would be to folklore scholars, collectors of children's material and those who have never suspected what is behind the rhymes we have passed down through the generations for three hundred years. Recommended as surprising reading for curious people, of what we have taken for granted for so long. It is a volume that should not be out of print in hard cover; the paperback version is unreadable except by those with magnifiers or by elves.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. PERRYMAN on September 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Book is so well broken down. So many intriguing historical spins on all of the nursery rhymes. I found myself curling up in a chair with this book and coffee - amazed at all of the facinating references. This book is a well-organized wonderful read. I am very proud to own such an excellent copy at a bargain price!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Bolden on January 19, 2011
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If you want a book that has lots of mother goose rhymes with important critical notes and notes on the theories of other major writers through the years. This is it. If you are looking for an Annotated Mother Goose and want to know if this is a good one, yes it is excellent. It can stand alone because so effectively summarizes the other works on the topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spazqem on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy annotated books. "The Annotated Alice in Wonderland" is what got me started by giving info on what inspired Lewis Carroll, socially, politically, and personally. "The Annotated Mother Goose" is just as full of very interesting info on the different variations of the most common rhymes, what social/political concerns they addressed, and how ribald many of the rhymes are! Of course, you do not see these types of rhymes in "Mother Goose" books for children. Hey, these were an oral-communication for adults who were illiterate and they touched many areas of adult interest.
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