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The Nursery Collection Paperback – September 8, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (September 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744543789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744543780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 2-5. Five joyful concept books by gifted artist-writer Hughes--Bathwater's Hot and Noisy and When We Went to the Park (1985) and Colors and All Shapes and Sizes (1986)--have been collected into one big, handsome volume that will give preschoolers hours of fun. In each story the same eager, curious child explores her world, at home and outside, and discovers all kinds of colors, shapes, sizes, numbers, sounds, and experiences. The simple rhyming text makes you savor the words, and each cheerful line-and-watercolor illustration tells a story to talk about. Even libraries that have some of the individual volumes may want to buy this large collection, which is unified by the characters, style, and setting. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is beautifully illustrated and written with appeal for children as well as the adults reading to them.
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My 2.5 year old asks for it to be read at naptime and bedtime every single day!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is quite a nice collection of poems for young children. Titles include:

Bathwater's Hot
When We Went to the Park
Colors
All Shapes and Sizes
Noisy

Now as I'm sure you know, there are quite a few offerings in this genre, including the classic Mother Goose rhymes. What sets this particular selection of poems apart are the educational topics and author's wonderful word selection. She doesn't constrain her choices but includes words like caterwauling, bawling, whirling, bramble, and swooping. Here's an example from the poem "Noisy":

Noisy noises! Pan lids clashing,
Dog barking, plate smashing,
Telephone ringing, baby bawling,
Midnight cats caterwauling.

This imaginative play flows over into other areas. For example, when writing about "contrasts", Ms. Hughes keeps the classic opposite hot/cold, but spices it up with wide awake/asleep, young/old, and throw away/keep. And isn't it nice not have the same old predictable fair.

Five Stars ::: Sweet artwork with an old fashion appearance. Great Read-aloud. The poems offer good rhyming and a few new words, as well as lots to discuss: color, numbers, sounds, shapes, contrasts. All in all the poems are soothing, and my children like them right before bed.

Pam T~
mom and reviewer at BooksforKids-reviews
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
My toddler son is a book hound. He enjoys all styles of books. We read several throughout the day and at bedtime. This collection is one we came across in the library. We already had a secondhand copy of NOISY and have enjoyed others of Hughes' works.
When our little one is tired but too wound up to sleep, reaching for this Hughes collection or others of her works is just the thing. The writing is precise and colourful but unobtrusive. Studying the pictures in this book is like being wrapped in a warm blanket of wonder and joy.
Especially nice as the third and final book at bedtime after a couple more lively stories. It captures our son's eye and brings his overstimulated mind down to earth.
The important thing about this sort of book is to slow down. The child may just want to study a few of the pictures for awhile rather than reading quickly through it. If you want to read a book in a hurry, this is not a book to choose.
The text is short, but this is more importantly a picture book. Savour it. There is much to see. The paintings are full of nature and pets, sunlight, colour, parents and grandparents. People have messy hair, frumpy clothes. They play, they work, they eat, they sleep, they admire creation. Soothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My daughter (now four) loved this book when she received it. Now my two-year old son loves it. We refer to it as "Bath water's hot" since that is the first story. The stories capture my children's interest in a soft, friendly way. Much like a warm, bed-time hug. Both children seem to associate with the characters. Best of all, you can read the stories again and again and not want to scream. Many thanks to Ms. Hughes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Trimble on November 4, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I began searching for books by this author after finding one of her titles when our twin grandchildren were 18-months old. The illustrations are bright and rich enough in color and detail to simply turn pages and talk about what is there. Now, at just over 2 years, they are happy to listen to the text, and often point out things they remember. This particular book is a wonderful collection of six of her shorter books which are available separately. We have become familiar with the family constellation and personalities: others have commented on the delightful and gentle portrayal of family and community life and I whole-heartedly agree. I always look forward to reading them. Worth the investment.
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Format: Unknown Binding
This is quite a nice collection of poems for young children. Titles include:

Bathwater's Hot
When We Went to the Park
Colors
All Shapes and Sizes
Noisy

Now as I'm sure you know, there are quite a few offerings in this genre, including the classic Mother Goose rhymes. What sets this particular selection of poems apart are the educational topics and author's wonderful word selection. She doesn't constrain her choices but includes words like caterwauling, bawling, whirling, bramble, and swooping. Here's an example from the poem "Noisy":

Noisy noises! Pan lids clashing,
Dog barking, plate smashing,
Telephone ringing, baby bawling,
Midnight cats caterwauling.

This imaginative play flows over into other areas. For example, when writing about "contrasts", Ms. Hughes keeps the classic opposite hot/cold, but spices it up with wide awake/asleep, young/old, and throw away/keep. And isn't it nice not have the same old predictable fair.

Five Stars ::: Sweet artwork with an old fashion appearance. Great Read-aloud. The poems offer good rhyming and a few new words, as well as lots to discuss: color, numbers, sounds, shapes, contrasts. All in all the poems are soothing, and my children like them right before bed.

Pam T~
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is from the St Helena Public Library. It was advertised as being used but in good condition and it has rip marks on the inside, and library stamps all over it! Not good when this was supposed to be a gift!
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