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My Very First Mother Goose Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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A lovely 20th-anniversary edition of the acclaimed 1996 collaboration between illustrator Rosemary Wells and editor Iona Opie. Here some 60 classic nursery rhymes are set amid ink-and-watercolor pictures as quirky as they are cozy.
—The Wall Street Journal
It's been 20 years since world-renowned folklorist Iona Opie and beloved illustrator Rosemary Wells (who Opie firmly believes is Mother Goose's second cousin) published the ultimate—and award-winning—nursery rhyme collection My Very First Mother Goose. With this anniversary edition (sporting a fetching new pale-yellow cover), another generation of young children will clap their hands, wiggle their toes and sing-song along to 60 "eccentric, funny, goluptious, haphazard" rhymes...Every household needs this book.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
About the Author
Iona Opie has dedicated her life to collecting and preserving children's rhymes as an art form. "I suppose my message in life is 'Nursery rhymes are good for you.' And the sooner you start, the better. I always have one myself every morning. I just open a nursery rhyme book at random. This morning I read:
Taffy was born on a
His head in a pipskin,
his heels upright.
You see, if you acquire a nursery rhyme-ical attitude, you're not at all put out by life's little bumps and bruises—they just seem funny and entirely normal."
Rosemary Wells says, "We live in a time when our language is shrinking. Mother Goose, which represents our language at its most innocent, playful, and profound, is in danger of disappearing completely. Rhymes that have been repeated and refined for forty generations are no longer being taught to children. It is a great honor to work with Iona Opie with the hope of preserving these rhymes for many generations more." Rosemary wells lives in New York.
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Moral of the story is kids love this book and grow with this book. It should be a staple in any kids library.
Only cons are that pages are plain paper, so if you are not careful kids will tear them. Also, it does not include some of the popular poems like itsy bitsy etc...But still the collection of rhymes is great and my kid enjoys the poems there are..
Every rhyme I remember is included in the book along with so many that are new to me.
My only other comment is that the book is big and heavy, so I should have paid attention to that when I ordered. But the little guy who will get this book won't be deterred, he loves to "read" by himself or with his mom or dad.