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DK Book of Nursery Rhymes
     

DK Book of Nursery Rhymes

by Debi Gliori, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
 

Over fifty cherished nursery rhymes have been brought together and imaginatively illustrated by one of the most popular and highly acclaimed children's artists of today. From Little Miss Muffet and Jack and Jill to Old Mother Hubbard and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary-all the favorite rhymes, songs, and lullabies that capture the magic and joy of childhood are here.

Overview

Over fifty cherished nursery rhymes have been brought together and imaginatively illustrated by one of the most popular and highly acclaimed children's artists of today. From Little Miss Muffet and Jack and Jill to Old Mother Hubbard and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary-all the favorite rhymes, songs, and lullabies that capture the magic and joy of childhood are here. Debi Gliori brings a fresh approach to these classic rhymes, adding humor and uniting different characters in one glorious illustration, page after page. Intriguing facts about the meanings behind the rhymes are also here, giving added insight and enjoyment to both children and adults. This is a very special book to be shared for years to come.

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From the Publisher
Winsomely illustrated and gently annotated (Kirkus ) A very jolly, pleasing collection for every child to grow up with... (Bookselling this Week) The combination of Gliori's beguiling artwork and her fascinating tidbits of information about the rhymes transforms this collection beyond the ordinary, making it a notable addition to the genre. (Kirkus ) A compilation of Mother Goose's finest, winsomely illustrated and gently annotated, Gliori's collection of more than 50 rhymes features such classics as "Yankee Doodle," "Jack Sprat," and "Peter Piper," and includes a sprinkling of less-common ditties such as "Little Tommy Tucker" and "See -Saw Margery Daw." Gliori also offers full-length versions of poems more widely known in their truncated form. "Old Mother Hubbard," reprinted with a whopping 12 stanzas, reveals more of the delightful insouciance associated with Mother Goose than the traditional six-line stanza; while Mother Hubbard traipses about acquiring food for her dog, the erstwhile pooch reads the paper, dances a jug, and smokes a pipe. The combination of Gliori's beguiling artwork and her fascinating tidbits of information about the rhymes transforms the collection beyond the ordinary, making it a notable addition to the genre. A blend of history, folklore, and factual information, Gliori's gambits are decidedly kid-friendly. Readers learn that Tom, the piper's son, did not in fact purloin a swine but stole a pastry instead. Likewise, the "Little Maid, Pretty Miad's suitor was not looking to milk the cow but marry hi sweetheart. Each two-page spread features either a single poem or a pair of loosely related rhymes accompanied by full-color illustrations that range from full-bleed to whimsically bordered pictures. The background information, cleverly worked into each spread, is set apart by a smaller typeset and a color photograph of a relevant object--offering inquisitive readers the fun of seeking out the tidbits within the larger illustrations. A captivating collection for young children. (Kirkus Reviews)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Need a nursery rhyme? Pick up The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes, illus. by Debi Gliori, and find one. Unique to this collection are the facts about the meanings behind the rhymes. For example, after "Hickory, dickory, dock," one learns, "Children have chanted this rhyme for centuries. It was once used to decide who should go first in a game." Clever illustrations unite characters from different rhymes (e.g., the grandfather clock that the mouse perches atop in "Hickory dickory" appears in the old woman's shoe with her many children). ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS Up-A collection of 50 familiar rhymes, illustrated with fanciful art that adds humor and insight to the interpretations. Photo inserts with captions offer some factual tidbits about the verse. For example, in "Little Bo-Peep," a spread shows a picture of sheep, flowers, and a little girl shearing a sheep. A small photo features a girl dressed in a shepherdess outfit with text that reads, "Some think this rhyme dates back to a hide-and-seek game played by children in the fourteenth century." While the concept is novel, the information seems aimed at older readers, rather than children for whom the rhymes are intended. "Ring around the rosy" explains that "It is a popular belief that this rhyme dates back to the Great Plague. A ring-shaped, rosy-colored rash being a symptom." This book offers an unusual twist in nursery-rhyme collections, making it of interest to adults and children.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A compilation of Mother Goose's finest, winsomely illustrated and gently annotated, Gliori's (The Very Small, 2000, etc.) collection of more than 50 rhymes features such classics as "Yankee Doodle," "Jack Sprat," and "Peter Piper," and includes a sprinkling of less-common ditties such as "Little Tommy Tucker" and "See-Saw, Margery Daw." Gliori also offers full-length versions of poems more widely known in their truncated form. "Old Mother Hubbard," reprinted with a whopping 12 stanzas, reveals more of the delightful insouciance associated with Mother Goose than the traditional six-line stanza; while Mother Hubbard traipses about acquiring food for her dog, the erstwhile pooch reads the paper, dances a jig, and smokes a pipe. The combination of Gliori's beguiling artwork and her fascinating tidbits of information about the rhymes transforms the collection beyond the ordinary, making it a notable addition to the genre. A blend of history, folklore, and factual information, Gliori's gambits are decidedly kid-friendly. Readers learn that Tom, the piper's son, did not in fact purloin a swine but stole a pastry instead. Likewise, the "Little Maid, Pretty Maid"'s suitor was not looking to milk the cow but marry his sweetheart. Each two-page spread features either a single poem or a pair of loosely related rhymes accompanied by full-color illustrations that range from full-bleed to whimsically bordered pictures. The background information, cleverly worked into each spread, is set apart by a smaller typeset and a color photograph of a relevant object-offering inquisitive readers the fun of seeking out the tidbits within the larger illustrations. A captivating collection for youngchildren.(Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789466785
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
03/12/2001
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.42(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Debi Gliori has written and illustrated more than forty children's titles, including her very popular Mr. Bear books. One of her most recent successes was the picture book No Matter What, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Debi lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has four children.

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