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The Annotated Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes Old and New, Arranged and… (1962)

by William Stuart Baring-Gould, Ceil. Baring-Gould

Other authors: Randolph Caldecott (Illustrator), Walter Crane (Illustrator), Kate Greenaway (Illustrator), Maxfield Parrish (Illustrator), Arthur Rackham (Illustrator)

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Intersting, certainly, but these annotated versions tend to overdo it. This should not be your introduction to these poems, because all the notes tend to destroy the fun and dull your spontaneous reaction to what you read. Only after having these engrained in you should you study them as in this book--if you care that deeply. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 18, 2016 |
Long, thorough, wonderful resource for scholars and fans.  Families could use it, but don't leave it around where young readers can browse through and catch the bawdy backgrounds of some of the rhymes actually aimed at adults.  I particularly loved the illustrations.  Mostly 'clip art' but still, so many cool drawings by some of the original big names.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Well, that's it. I finally gave up on the Annotated Mother Goose that I've been trying to read on and off for the last 5 years after getting to page 200 of a 350 page book. But why? It has an introduction, notes, complete texts and illustrations from the most wonderful Mother Goose artists! The subject is interesting, the notes (should have been) just as interesting. It might have been fun to read -- except for the horrible, irritating, just plain ridiculous layout of the text. First of all, the font was teeny tiny--not just the notes, but the main text, the nursery rhymes themselves were very difficult to see even in a strong light. The ink seemed almost grey instead of black! Then the notes themselves were in even smaller font. Ugh! On top of that, the notes were not at the bottom of the page directly under the nursery rhyme it refers to, or at the end of the book so that the page doesn't look cluttered, but on the right and left margins of the page. Since the notes sometimes were longer than the nursery rhyme itself, it often overlapped onto the next margin or even the next page, so that one had to constantly turn over pages to go back and forth between the nursery rhyme and its notes! It became increasingly annoying the farther one read. And then the information in the notes was at times haphazard. It would usually give bibliographic information about when the nursery rhyme first appeared in print, variations, and sometimes an explanation of an image or word, sometimes some historical context. Sometimes nothing at all would be explained. In the end I just couldn't see wasting my energy for so little enjoyment. ( )
1 vote Marse | Jul 10, 2015 |
I would NOT recommend this book to be in an elementary or middle school library based on the historical forthrightness of some of the rhymes. For example, in chapter one, there is a short rhyme that jokes about burning the Pope (which also calls him a fagot). Also in this chapter, there is a list showing how many times murder, violence, etc, is mentioned in the mother goose rhymes in attempt of spurring a nursery rhyme reformation.
  mcivalleri | Aug 6, 2009 |
I love these Annotated books and this is no exception. Want to know who the Dish and the Spoon really were? Why did Jack jump over the candlestick? Read this book. ( )
  auntieknickers | Feb 1, 2008 |
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Baring-Gould, William Stuartprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baring-Gould, Ceil.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Caldecott, RandolphIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, WalterIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenaway, KateIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parrish, MaxfieldIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"...smooth stones from the brook of time, worn round by constant friction of tongues long silent." -- Andrew Lang
This book is for our daughter, Judy, and our son, Bill.
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They are the beloved heritage of Nobody-Really-Knows how many countries or how many centuries.
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