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The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – December 23, 2003
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*Starred Review* PreS. Nina Crews' clear, beautiful color photographs and computer manipulations bring children close-up to people like them. In this modern Mother Goose, she uses computer tools to combine photos of joyful kids in her Brooklyn neighborhood with all kinds of scenarios, realistic and wild. In "Hey diddle diddle!" a brooding cat holding a violin watches a boy running on the sidewalk, while a silver spoon looms over a wooden fence and a cow walks in the air above a full moon. In contrast, the illustration for "Pat-a-Cake" is homey and real: two girls clap hands in a front of a bakery window. The child's sense of being small in a world of giants is beautifully captured in the double-page spread of tiny kids jumping in a giant shoe. Realism, of course, has never been part of the Mother Goose nonsense drama, but preschoolers will enjoy seeing kids like themselves in pictures that make the familiar rhymes part of imaginative fun on the city sidewalk, where girls and boys come out to ride their scooters and bikes, play ball, and dream. Hazel Rochman
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“Mother Goose’s timeless rhymes are quite at home in this new setting.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A fresh and welcome contribution.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Brimming with infectious joy.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“This gathering of common and not-so-common rhymes will be a hit with young readers and pre-readers in any setting, urban or otherwise.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Preschoolers will enjoy seeing kids like themselves in pictures that make the familiar rhymes part of imaginative fun on the city sidewalk, where girls and boys come out to ride their scooters and bikes, play ball, and dream.” (Booklist (starred review))
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An English professor told us that the best way to instill a love of reading in to your child is to encourage them to memorize and enjoy nursery rhymes and tales. This book is the perfect first intro.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
How? Just by taking photographs in an urban setting, using multi-cultural children to make them current and up to date and easy for your child to relate to. There are so many versions of Mother Goose books, but this one really is cool and is worth looking into!
Here are the rhymes and verses included in this book:
As I was going along
A was an apple pie
Bow, Wow, Wow
Dance, Little Baby
Diddle, Diddle Dumpling
Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play
Hey Diddle Diddle!
Itsy- Bitsy Spider
Jack and Jill
Jack, Be Nimble
Little Miss Muffet
Man in the Moon Looked out of the Moon
Mary, Mary, quiet contrary
Once I saw a Little Bird
One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
One, Two, Whatever You Do
Peas Porridge Hot
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Ride a Cockhorse
Ring Around the Rosie
Roses Are Red
There Was A Little Girl
There Was An Old Woman Tossed In A Blanket
There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe
This Little Pig Went to Market
Three Wise Men of Gotham
To Market, To Market
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Wee Willie Winkie Runs Through the Town
When I was A Little Boy