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Mother Goose's Little Treasures (My Very First Mother Goose)

by Iona Opie

Other authors: Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)

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4Q – at points the text is so large/prominent/everpresent that is becomes a bit overwhelming
4P – the simplicity will appeal to many.
Large text, simple page layouts, and bright uncluttered illustrations make this a good choice for simple nursery rhyme read-alouds with young children. The expressionistic paintings and clean lines are engaging but also very soothing. Using a single page-spread per rhyme (and accompanying illustration) enhances the simple and clear presentation, and the thick paper pages are easy for little hands.
? – lap appeal (books that are clearly meant to be read TO a very small child) this is a great example
? – this book manages to have lap appeal as well as having good qualities for an early reader (large, clear text, accessibility) but the vocabulary is well past very early readers (eg. Signorina, flowerets). Why the conflict?
? – Whole book or just one or two rhymes? How to decide when doing a story-time or read-aloud? ( )
  CircusTrain | Apr 13, 2012 |
Part B/beginning/mother goose

This third collection by Opie and Wells of Mother Goose includes 22 less-familiar nursery rhymes with characters we have not met before. These characters include the wee melodie man and Handy Spandy, Mrs. Whirly, and little bonny Button-cap. However, these characters seem like familiar friends. The illustration are colorful and the characters are cute.
  ptnguyen | Jul 9, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076363655X, Hardcover)

The world’s most respected Mother Goose folklorist reunites with one of the great illustrators of our time to present a rare selection of rhymes to share and treasure.

From the far reaches of shared memory come these charming but little-known nursery rhymes, mysterious tidbits of lore brought back to shining life by the shared talents of the two most beloved Mother Goose treasurers, Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells. MOTHER GOOSE'S LITTLE TREASURES is a gem in itself, allowing the littlest listeners — and the most discerning collectors — to discover a selection of marvelous rare nursery rhymes made new again.

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These rhymes are a confirmation that though we must live in the real world, we need to know the way to another world, where there are no limits and nothing is certain. . . .

Just turn the pages, and look and listen, and say, as I do, Oh yes, oh yes, of course!

— Iona Opie

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:27 -0400)

A collection of nursery rhymes featuring such little-known characters as the wee melodie man and Handy Spandy, Mrs. Whirly and little bonny Button-cap.

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