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Sylvia Long's Mother Goose Hardcover – September 1, 1999
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"Many adults can look back and see that it was in [Mother Goose] rhymes that they first found a love of language, rhythm and story.... Recited by heart, passed lovingly from parent to child, these verses--magical, musical, sometimes silly, sometimes wise--are part of our collective childhood."
In her artist's note, Sylvia Long admits that she approached the project of creating a new Mother Goose anthology with some trepidation. The award-winning artist was convinced that the only way she could take on a new version would be if hers were somehow unique. And unique it is. Integrating well-known rhymes with less familiar ones, and altering otherwise frightening images with clever, comforting artwork, Long has come up with a fresh, fun, yet still respectfully traditional approach to these classic verses. Linking the pages visually, Long encourages readers to discover playful connections between different rhymes. For example, the queen in "Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?" is seated next to Old King Cole on the opposite page of the spread; apparently, these two are a royal item! Long's love of nature is reflected in her gorgeous watercolors of birds, rabbits, cats, frogs, insects, bears, and mice, all of whom figure prominently as old friends Jack and Jill, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Boy Blue, and Little Robin Red-breast. More than 75 classic Mother Goose rhymes are included in this stunning compendium. (Ages 3 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
In a thoughtful opening note, Long (Liplap's Wish) explains that she saw no point in creating a new Mother Goose collection "unless I could find ways to make it unique." She fulfills her mission in various ways: she includes a number of lesser-known rhymes, and she imaginatively softens what she calls "the more frightening images." Thus in "Humpty Dumpty," the egg that cracks open when it falls off a wall hatches a duckling, and the "baby" rocking perilously in the treetop is a young bird who flies to safety as the bough breaks. Long also notes that in one case, "The Old Woman in the Shoe," she has mitigated the suggestion of violence by changing the words; here her mother is a spider who doesn't spank her brood, but rather serves them broth and bread and "kissed them all sweetly/ And put them to bed." Working in her characteristic pen-and-watercolor style, Long conjures up winsome animal characters. She carefully suggests the texture of their fur or feathers, but she also kits them out in humorous garb (the cow who jumps over the moon wears a tutu and ballet shoes; nimble Jack is a frog in a tuxedo, and he leaps from one roof to another, over a lamppost lit by a candle). She links the rhymes inventively, particularly when she devises a single illustration to encompass two rhymes. For example, the jubilant frog who recites a relatively obscure verse that celebrates "a rainy day/ In the month of May" dances atop a lily pad; sitting near him, a mouse seeks shelter under other greenery and sings, "Rain, rain, go away." A robin's-egg blue ribbon that serves as a bookmark adds extra elegance to this handsome production. All ages. (Oct.)
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Top Customer Reviews
My daughters continually pour over the images every day, and were even inspired to write and illustrate their own interpretations in their personal copybooks. The rhymes are classic, but in this book, the images tell their own stories as well!
Each rhyme is superbly illustrated allowing your youngster to understand the meaning of the rhyme through pictures.
This is a keepsake book that will surely be passed down from one generation to the next.
I admit to being a traditionalist when it comes to work such as this. I do not like modern authors mucking about changing words, themes and story lines to meet political correctness standards of the time nor to mellow the stories out so that ultra sensitive kids will not be overly traumatized. Many of these old tales are from a different era where children were treated much differently than those of today. As an example, some of these rhymes date back to the Elizabethan era where it was considered a "good thing" for children to watch public hangings and executions to teach them moral lessons. Times were a bit different then. I must admit that I was at first rather put off by the author's opening statement that she had softened some of the tales. My fears were unnecessary! The author has not changed the wording one bit, but rather through her art work has given some of the little ditties a different interpretation than we would find in a standard or work from an earlier time. These changes, and I might add that there were very few, I found completely acceptable and in fact felt many of the pieces were actually enhanced.
The author has use animal, insects and other creatures in all of her illustrations in lieu of people. All of the critters are dressed in very detailed and exquisite Victorian or Post Victorian garb. The author has really done her research in this area. Using a pen and watercolor technique the reader will find the illustrations reminiscent of Beatrix Potters work, although in this case Long has added far more detail than that found in Potter's work. The creatures the illustrator has use range from insects to frogs to bears, cats, lions, rabbits, many species of birds, cows, pigs, cranes, sheep...and the list goes on. As I said, the clothing used on these creatures is something to behold. Sylvia Long has taken anthropomorphism to new and delightful heights.
The author has also linked many of these rhymes through her art. The sharp eyed child will note that a lost shoe in one illustrated rhyme will show up under a bush or tree in another rhyme several pages later. There are many examples of this and to be quite frank, I find new ones with each reading.
The author/illustrator has provided us with an Index of First Lines in the back of the book and even it has been wonderfully illustrated.
If you find yourself in need of a wonderful collection of Mother Goose Rhymes, then this would certainly be a work worth considering. My personal copy is in library binding; very stout and serviceable which is needed because if you have little ones this book will get quite a workout.