Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

by Kady MacDonald Denton
     
 

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This delightfully illustrated paperback and CD set contains more than seventy-five of the best-loved rhymes and songs of childhood, from soothing lullabies to schoolyard chants. Popular classics such as "Pat a Cake," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Jack and Jill" are joined by lesser-known rhymes and ditties from many different cultures. Kady MacDonald Denton's illustrations

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This delightfully illustrated paperback and CD set contains more than seventy-five of the best-loved rhymes and songs of childhood, from soothing lullabies to schoolyard chants. Popular classics such as "Pat a Cake," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Jack and Jill" are joined by lesser-known rhymes and ditties from many different cultures. Kady MacDonald Denton's illustrations add liveliness and humor. Together, parents and children will enjoy sharing A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Denton (Would They Love a Lion?) rounds up the usual suspects, offers a smattering of mostly well-chosen newcomers, and ends up with a winning collection of more than 100 rhymes. The volume is loosely arranged in four parts: rhymes to accompany the knee-dawdling of babyhood, Mother Goose golden oldies for the toddler years, action rhymes for denizens of the schoolyard, and finally, a potpourri for encouraging participation that ranges from riddles to The Owl and the Pussycat. A few of the selections are misplaced (e.g., the jaunty lyrics of "Baby Face" don't jibe rhythmically with the rest of the poems; Robert Burns's "O, my luve is like a red, red rose..." isn't likely to capture the attention of youngsters), but the fresh discoveries far outnumber them. The gently rolling rhythm of a Nantucket lullaby evokes foamy waves and elusive whales; a charmer from Ghana soothes a disquieted little one: "Listen to the tree bear/ Crying in the night/ Crying for his mammy/ In the pale moonlight/ What will his mammy do/ When she hears him cry?/ She'll tuck him in a cocoa pod/ And sing a lullaby." Arranging Denton's playful vignettes, spot art and full-spread paintings upon clean white pages, the book's crisp layout ensures that the quantity of material never overwhelms readers. Denton's breezy, often impish watercolors (which owe a debt to Sendak's early work) shake the dust off even the most familiar ditties. Ages 3 mos.-5 yrs. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Canadian artist Denton selects and illustrates her favorite ditties in this pleasant entry to the genre. An interesting innovation is her division of the poems into age groups. This allows for the addition of a few non-standard, but much beloved works by writers such as Edward Lear, Robert Burns, and Christina Rossetti. The watercolors are sometimes cheerful, sometimes soothing, but always interesting enough to catch a child's eye.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Read aloud to your child, early and often: we've all probably heard that message, which links such experience to brain development. What the message tends to downplay, though, is the pleasure inherent in the experience: the cuddling, the tactility of the pages, the soothing familiarity of the ritual. For us adults, there's all that and the chance to revisit childhood favorites by sharing them with our own children. As a kid I loved the lively rhythms of "Ride a Cock Horse" and "Little Boy Blue" and was delighted to find these and other old friends in A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes right before my daughter Christy was born. Kady MacDonald Denton, who did the whimsical illustrations, arranged the 100-plus poems into four sections according to their appeal to babies, toddlers, school children, and the whole family-creating a volume can follow your child as she grows.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Whimsical pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations make this collection of over 100 rhymes, riddles, lullabies, and songs stand out from the many other anthologies available. Jack and Jill are two mischievous kittens who, after knocking over a vase of flowers in the living room, lap up the water they've spilled on the floor. "She'll be coming round the mountain" is a rollicking two-page spread of words and pictures that nearly jumps off the page. The four sections are arranged chronologically from verses that will entertain babies, to toddlers' play-and-action rhymes, to the playground chants and nonsense verses of school-age children, to sing-alongs, tongue twisters, and limericks. Each of the sections includes an illustrated rhyme that runs along the tops of the pages, inviting children to follow along as each page is turned, or to linger over each page's detailed pictures and poems. An index of titles and first lines is included. A fine addition for all collections that serve young children.-Joan Zaleski, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753457108
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Edition description:
Book & CD
Pages:
90
Sales rank:
198,262
Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 11.39(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

Kady MacDonald Denton has illustrated numerous titles for Kingfisher, including A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, In the Light of the Moon by Sam McBratney, and two collections written by Ann Pilling, The Kingfisher Book of Bible Stories and The Kingfisher Treasury of Myths and Legends. She is also the creator of several picture books. She lives in Manitoba, Canada, and received the prestigious Governor General's Award for her work.

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