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Humpty Dumpty and Other Nursery Rhymes Board book – September 1, 1996

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PreS-Gr 1--The engaging illustrations in these sturdy board books vividly depict racially diverse charac-terizations of perennial nursery favorites. Cousins adeptly captures all of the action contained in the few well-chosen words in each rhyme. The bright colors and childlike simplicity of the pictures are perfect for preschoolers. Other children may be drawn to the books because of fond memories or because they like to pretend to read them. Physically disabled children of any age with educational levels ranging up to the lower elementary grades would be well served by these titles; the board-book format provides pages with strong structural integrity making it easier for them to turn the pages themselves. Every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of these classic tales.

Vicki Emery, Belle View Elementary School, Alexandria, VA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525456759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525456759
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,500,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on February 2, 2001
Format: Board book
"Humpty Dumpty and Other Nursery Rhymes" brings together eleven classic nursery rhymes, all illustrated by Lucy Cousins. In addition to the title rhyme, the book includes "Old King Cole," "Simple Simon," "Hey Diddle Diddle," and other favorites.
Cousins' brightly colored artwork is a marvelous complement to the rhymes. She gives her pictures a deliberately child-like quality: rough outlines, curiously distorted human and animal figures. Her pictures thus have a wacky, almost innocent charm and energy to them.
I realize that the appropriateness of some traditional nursery rhymes may be debated by some--"Humpty Dumpty" is, after all, a somewhat scary and tragic story if one dwells on it too long. But Cousins wisely avoids depicting the gorier elements of some of these rhymes. Overall, I give the book an enthusiastic recommendation.
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Format: Board book
I bought this book for my son when he was three months old. He was mesmerized by it the first time he saw it. The illustrations are simple and colorful. This is the only book that he will look at over and over without throwing it aside. The rhymes are catchy, too! I've read it to him SO many times, all I have to do now is recite a few poems and he flashes a smile immediately! Buy this book! You won't regret it!
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