- Age Range: 2 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: Running Press Kids; 1St Edition edition (August 7, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561381136
- ISBN-13: 978-1561381135
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Original Mother Goose Hardcover – August 7, 1992
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This book contains classics like" Pat-A-Cake, See-Saw, Little Bo-Peep, Little Boy Blue, Humpty Dumpty, Ring Around The Rosy and countless others.
If you would like to share the Original Mother Goose with a child of the next generation or just read it yourself to reminisce your OWN childhood, this is the book for you!
Happy Rhyming and Reading!
The binding is of a quality rarely seen today. This is a work to endure in libraries for generations to come. And this is important.
This edition's careful preparation speaks of the timelessness and endurance of these rhymes and the influence they have had on the English language and the shaping of our collective consciousness in the Anglophone West. In Mother Goose morals manners and conventions are all set to rhyme. For America emerging from a rural British colonial economy into an author of her own destiny is reflected in this world: class division, economic opportunity, luck, affinity with but dominion over animals and nature, and above all, choices. But whysoever could these concepts and these words, presented this way, be important in our day and age? one may ask.
The answer, of course, is as simple as the rhymes themselves, for each illustrates a point of life that ultimately informs dimensions of English Common Law, of which we are all now subject as citizens. Indeed, you'd be hard pressed not to find a single word in this work that is not in "Black's Law Dictionary."
This original Mother Goose edition, coupled with reading aloud to children Shakespeare and the King James Bible prepares them for a mastery of English letters and concepts, and therefore a mastery of life in these United States and even the world, as few other cultural objects could.
Give your children the foundation for the future, and read them The Original Mother Goose, for it captures a voice we seldom hear in this day and age, and prepares them like few other offerings in life of making sense of our language and giving them power latter.
I probably had an edition with a much smaller number of the more interesting rhymes with each one illustrated by a very colorful picture. If I had known this volume was not of that type I would not have purchased it.
I have seen photographs of the other available volume, titled, "The Real Mother Goose", and the colors seem to be more vivid. I wish I had known that before.
It is all a matter of taste, of course.
1. The cover is gorgeous and the book itself is quite sturdy with glossy pages, looking like it's going to last.
2. The collection of rhymes is really impressive, with over 300 rhymes, both the quite common and rarer ones.
3. Some of the rhymes contain more verses than in the usual abridged and adapted versions of Mother Goose, e.g. Little Bo-Peep contains 5 instead of the usual 1 and The Queen of hearts 2 verses instead of 1.
1. The pages don't have any numbers, so if you want to find a particular rhyme, you're in big trouble. As you can guess, there's no table of content, just a list of rhymes that lists all of them in the chronological and not alphabetical order.
2. As a mother of a 2 and a half year-old child, I wish there were more rhymes illustrated. Some, like 'Lucy Locket' consisting of just 4 lines is followed by a full page illustration, when others like Old Mother Hubbard, the full version of London Bridge, The House that Jack Built, which are all quite long, don't have any. May be that's OK for older kids, but for now my daughter is only interested in reading something that comes with an explanatory picture.
Pros OR cons, depending on how you look at it:
1. The rhymes are original and not adapted, which means some of them written in Middle English, like 'Cushy cow, bonny, let down thy milk, And I will give thee a gown of silk; A gown of silk and a silver tee, If thou wilt let down thy milk to me'. Some might find these a bit heavy for listening and comprehending.
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Purchased this classic children book for a friend's children. The parents read it with them at bedtime every evening. They all love it.Published 2 days ago by Judy C. Spain
Very adorable. I bought it for my granddaughter. People need to remember Mother Goose! The little ones now may not be exposed to this anymore, and I loved them for my kids. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cydnee Green
Yes, my Mother Book was wonderful and I am enjoying reading it and remembering my childhoodPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
the book as exactly as I remembered it. Not 5 stars simply because it isn't very current...more like a blast from the past.Published 15 months ago by Jane
This is the book I reread every time we went to my Grandmother's as a kid. I made sure to get a version without the "witch" on the front cover!Published 15 months ago by lovelyrmm
My grandson loves this book!! Would buy from seller again.Published 16 months ago by valerie miller