Father Fox's Pennyrhymes

Father Fox's Pennyrhymes

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by Clyde Watson, Wendy Watson
     
 

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Life proclaimed this long-unavailable classic the "first authentically colloquial and breezily American nursery rhyme" when it was published in 1971. Now it is back for new generations to enjoy!

All of Clyde Waterson's verses have what School Library Journal calls the "foot-stomping rhythm of an American square dance call." Some feel cozy and

Overview

Life proclaimed this long-unavailable classic the "first authentically colloquial and breezily American nursery rhyme" when it was published in 1971. Now it is back for new generations to enjoy!

All of Clyde Waterson's verses have what School Library Journal calls the "foot-stomping rhythm of an American square dance call." Some feel cozy and nostalgic; others are silly. Many evoke the pleasures of changing seasons. But they all keep readers and young listeners entertained, page after page. Wendy Watson's fully imagined and finely detailed pictures of the splendid fox family, at home and on joyous outings, will make children giggle. As The New York Times Book Reviewexplains, "Put it all together — rhymes and pictures — and the book is like a breath of fresh air."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Father Fox's Pennyrhymes (1971) by Clyde Watson, illus. by Wendy Watson, with its delicately framed watercolor-and-ink vignettes of animal friends and families, brims with as much wit and charm as ever. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This book is high on my list on poetical favorites. A large family of foxes enjoys the country life-fishing, picking apples, making cookies, gazing hungrily at local rabbits. The cartoon-strip format lends a special dimension to the Mother Goose-style rhymes sung by Father Fox.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060295028
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/07/2001
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

"I grew up on a farm in Vermont with seven younger brothers and sisters. Every morning my brother Peter and I went out to the barn and did our chores. My very favorite job was feeding the baby goats their bottles of milk. After we had our own breakfast, it was time for school-but I never left the house! Instead, I sat down at the big dining room table in front of the fireplace, with my books and pencils, and did what my mother told me, because she was my teacher.

"School at home was fun and interesting and did not take as long as school in a school building. I usually finished my work by lunchtime, and in the afternoon there were always exciting things to do with my brothers and sisters. We went exploring in the woods and pastures around our farm, or down to the river to fish. We liked to swim in the summertime and sled and ski and skate in the wintertime.

"If I wanted to be by myself, I could curl up with a book or go upstairs in our big house to visit my father's studio. That was where I found out what it was like to be an illustrator, because that is what my father was.

"In the evening, after we had fed the house cats and dogs, we all sat down and ate our own supper. That was usually a noisy time! Everyone wanted to talk at once. But when bedtime came, the house was finally quiet, and the only sound was the squeaking of the mice who lived in the walls.

"When I grew older, I went away and lived in the city for a while. But when my two children were small, I moved back to the country, and that is where I now live. All around me are the animals who have always been my special friends: chickens and pigs, mice, chipmunks, squirrels and birds, woodchucks, rabbits, foxes, beavers and porcupines. When I take a walk each day with my dog, I see the places where small creatures live and carry on their daily lives, and I try to put that in all of my books. And I also try to put in all that I have learned about what it is like to be alive in this exciting world."

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Father Fox's Pennyrhymes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the greatest collections of sing-song poetry for children of all time. I read my copy of this to tatters and have never found another copy until now. This is a must have for anyone with children. My wife and I haven't started our family yet, but rest assured we will have a few copies on hand for them. The loose story of the Fox family is both amusing and cute and the rhymes stay with you forever. It has been easily twenty years since I saw this book and yet the rhymes are all still there (see the title of the review... run run the pigs are in town!). The illustrations are good enough to stand alone without the rhymes, can you tell I like the book?
MaryinFlorida More than 1 year ago
This is the best children's book EVER for kids who are past the "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny" stage. To this day my kids (now in their late twenties) and I can still recite many of the rhymes by heart. It was reprinted in 2001, but I still had to pay a premium to get a copy for my younger daughter, who is expecting her first child in early 2015. (I did the same for her older sister in the late nineties, but she wisely chose to hold on to her copy.) My advice to expecting parents and grandparents: get a copy any way you can and treasure it! The beautiful illustrations and the easy-to-read and remember poems are classics.