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Miss Mary Mack and Other Children's Street Rhymes Paperback – April 25, 1990

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A collection of over 100 traditional childhood hand-clapping and street rhymes. Ball-bouncing rhymes, counting-out rhymes, and favorite teases, taunts, and comebacks include "Miss Mary Mack," " I Am a Pretty Little Dutch Girl," and "A, My Name Is Alice." Tiegreen's lighthearted pen-and-ink illustrations are sure to tickle the fancy of young readers. Completing this treasury is a bibliography of sources of more street games and an index of first lines. A book that's sure to produce smiles in any story hour or program. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.



Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (ALA Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times; Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; and Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 25, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688097499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688097493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 6, 1998
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This books certainly brings back memories of games played on the playground at recess. Although some of the words are different than I learned them, as expected for such widely used rhymes, I recognized quite a few. One disappointment was that there is no indication of the music to go with each rhyme. The authors did not provide an indication of the notes to sing or even that it sounds like a common song. Also, there are some lyrics that are inappropriate for young children and others that are very sexist or condescending. This book is not for everyone and I would certainly not hand it to a young reader without editing it or carefully supervising the language used by the children.
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I bought this book because I have so many memories of playing many of these games when I was a little girl, and I wanted to share that experience with my child.
I was a little disappointed because many of the words are quite different from how I learned them. But it is probably unreasonable for me to expect anything different.
If you can get past the fact that these games aren't 100 percent identical to how you played them as a child, you'll find this to be a really helpful guide.
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I was disappointed with the book. I grew up with rhymes while clapping and bouncing a ball and I only knew one of these in this book. So are the rhymes actually regional? I was hoping to help remember the rhymes I have forgotten so I could teach my children. Also, there is no description of what motions go with the rhymes. It leaves it up to the imagination of the child. Who knows how much folk knowledge we have lost. With the help of Kindles and cameras, we should be recording things our children do for their children. Make it your goal.
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While most of the rhymes in this book are fun to read and do bring back memories, the last section is terrible. The title is "Teases and Comebacks" and it is full of terrible things for children to say to one another. I purchased this book for a school and it will not be going on our shelf as it completely undermines our goal of teaching children productive conflict resolution. If this section were not included it would be a fun addition to any child's collection, but as it stands it is completely inappropriate.
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I had this book as a kid and totally remember all of these games. So happy to pass down all these to my girls and see them treaching their friends. I couldn't believe all the girls in my neighborhood had never played hand clapping games
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I bought these books for my 7 year old granddaughters but think they are still a little too young for them. Will save them for when they get older.Miss Mary Mack and Other Children's Street Rhymes
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I bought this for my granddaughters. They are also in the Brownies. They have a great time with their friends and Scout sisters for play time. Helps to teach them memory skills . Happy that I purchased it.
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I have two 4 yr old girls with me a lot of the time. Now I can play the games that they are just finding out how to play. It also helps teach music tempo when we smack our hands and thighs. We laugh a lot with these words and actions.
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