Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyNamm has put together nursery rhymes, songs, lullabies, finger games, action rhymes and a section called Silly Rhymes that includes favorites like ``The Pumpkin Eater,'' ``There Was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly'' and ``Table Manners I and II''(starring the Goops). It's a fairly standard selection, and Bettoli has supplied delicate country stencils and flowering vines. But rather than illustrating the book, the borders and pictures just decorate the spaces around the text. As a very basic collection, this one might have been a starting point. Instead, it may well get lost in the stacks of similar books already out there. (1-4)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1 The past year has seen a number of new nursery rhyme books, and here is yet another. This is an inconsistent collection of common rhymes; in some cases the complete poem is given, yet only one verse is included from ``Old King Cole.'' The book has sections of songs, finger plays, and silly rhymes in addition to the nursery rhymes. No scores are given, nor are there directions for the finger plays. The illustrations are very pale pastels with two or three small pictures per page, and although they go along with the text, they are not outstanding or attention-getting. Each double-page spread is bordered with stencil designs or background for the song, as a city for ``London Bridge.'' It is a gentle book for young children and parents to share, but other collections are far more eye-catching and complete, including the reissue of Tarrant (Merrimack, 1986), Marguerite De Angeli's Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes (Doubleday, 1954) and the new Sharon, Lois & Bram's Mother Goose (Atlantic, 1986). Margaret C. Howell, Cameron Elementary School, Fairfax County, Va.
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