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This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes.
 
It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, each scene taking nearly a month to complete. In this book, Mavor renders a new and visionary nursery rhyme world with precision and intricacy for many a generation to treasure for years and years to come.



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The character’s faces are painted on wooden beads.

I include beads, shells and other found objects in the fabric relief scenes.

I hand sew every stitch in every illustration.



Some characters in the book have hats made of acorn caps.

I use plant dyed wool felt and multicolored threads to make the pictures.

I like using driftwood to make house roofs and furniture.


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PreS-Gr 1–The epitome of warm and fuzzy, this collection is illustrated with embroidered fabric pictures that have been embellished with small objects like buttons, bells, shells, and bits of driftwood. Some of the items, like Mary's little white lambs, are crocheted, and many of the people appear to have heads made of smooth, round dowels. Old verses like "Elsie Marley" and "Simple Simon" are given a new freshness with this interpretation. With no white space, and familiar text laid out simply, the pictures definitely take center stage. Young children love visual detail and this book will engage and delight. The characters don't look very expressive, but the soft colors and graceful lines are attractive and appealing. An unusual and charming addition to nursery-rhyme shelves.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618737405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618737406
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I think every young child should have his or her own collection of nursery rhymes, and if you are searching for one for your child, stop looking and buy this one. All the classics are here, carefully indexed in the back. There are over 60, ranging from Baa Baa Black Sheep to Wee Willie Winkie. They are artfully arranged and accompanied by some of the most unique and beautiful illustrations you will ever see. Every character, plant, animal and accessory is handcrafted, giving the illustrations a fascinating texture and dimension. Dolls made of fabric are often wearing acorn caps, flower petal skirts and small hand sewn pj's and sweaters. Buttons adorn sofas, and small doilies portray snowflakes!
The creativity and imagination on display all but guarantee that this will be a book your child can return to again and again to not only learn these classic rhymes but marvel at the intricate photos. A HUGE recommend.
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By Julia Janzen on September 28, 2010
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Our 4 year old daughter's favorite things are books. We probably have 1000's of children's books tucked throughout our house. This is the first Salley Mavor book we've bought and I have to say I couldn't be more pleased. It is the most beautiful book we own and to know that Salley actually crafted all of the little scenes for the Rhymes makes it that much more special. It's a magical thing to see somebody use their god given gift. This book is just pure inspiration for creativity.
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The entire book was stitched and photographed, and it is one delightful page after another! Enjoy the amazon page as it offers many inside views plus a lot of interesting photos on the making of the book, posted by the author!
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I went all over amazon searching for a rhyme book that contained the most popular ones and was visually nice. This one, for me was the best because despite mother goose collection gets a lot of attention in my opinion they got too many unknown or unfamiliar rhymes to me... so i decided to go with this one. Honestly I got dazzled by this one because of the textures and stuff, great artist! I thought and I fell in love with it thinking my baby could touch it and all that, also price looked so nice for such a piece of art! But don't get fooled my friends, the book is not textured! They just show how they make the illustrations, but then they take the pictures and the books is just plain couche (bright) paper and all you get is that. May be I was dumb to believe it was going to come with all that in it, and the price was too good to be truth if it actually included that feature... so that is why it looses one star. Despite this fact (I must say I was a little dissappointed when i got it) the illustrations are beautiful and the rhymes as well. I think they should warn about the book not being textured or may be they said it and i didn't read it?
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This is a beautiful book of the more well known nursery rhymes, but what makes it special is the illustrations. We first checked it out of the library for a toddler in our family and she loved it. I immediately bought one on Amazon for her birthday and then another for a different person's toddler. What makes it special is the illustrations. On nice thick paper the illustrations are photos of colorful hand sewn felt dolls, animals and frilly details. To me it would be a present that would lean more towards a little girl, maybe I just think that since it was a girl I had the reading experience with. It is full of many colors, but a lot of pinks, reds and roses. This would be terrific for any kind of gift - birthdays, holidays, or any other special time. Highly recommended!
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This collection of classic nursery rhyme verse, with lush felted illustrations, will capture the heart and minds of young children ages 2-5. From exploring old classics, to hearing a rhyme with a new verse, this is a collection not to be missed. If you are looking for nursery rhymes, this is your new picture book text.
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This is one of my favorite books to give at baby showers. Most of the nursery rhymes are ones that we all grew up with. However, many of us don't remember each rhyme perfectly, nor do we remember all the verses. I tell expecting parents to read this book before the baby comes so that when the baby arrives, they know the rhymes by heart better. Then, while they're spending all those joyful, yet very routine moments with their baby, they can recite some of these rhymes, rather than fishing for things to say. The art makes it more interesting to look through than the outdated texts I remember from my youth.
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My daughter (4 years old) and I checked this out from the library and I spent the evening after she went to bed poring through the pages, delighting in the incredible detail on each page. The stitching is EXQUISITE, the colors beautiful, the found objects and beads completely coherent with the softness of the hand-dyed felt. It's simply one of the most incredible books (as well as most incredible pieces of art) I've held in my hands in a very long time and inspired me to immediately order a copy for our family and for my daughter's preschool teacher. Oh, and then I had to order several other Salley Mavor books, too, to keep the enjoyment going. Now off to give 5-star reviews to those as well! My daughter loves this book, too, delighting in finding unusual beads and other details on each page. She flips through it during her "nap" time - I can hear her chanting from memory the nursery rhymes as she turns the pages. Such a treasure!
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