Granny Will Your Dog Bite?: And Other Mountain Rhymes

Granny Will Your Dog Bite?: And Other Mountain Rhymes

by Gerald Milnes, Kimberly Bulcken Root
     
 
Folk rhymes provide the quickest route to our past: we may not remember our first day of school, but we can remember the chants we repeated endlessly throughout our childhood:

Granny will your dog bite

Your hen peck, your rooster fight...

The lore of the Appalachian Mountains is a direct descendant of the British Isles, so it isn't surprising that sentiments we

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Folk rhymes provide the quickest route to our past: we may not remember our first day of school, but we can remember the chants we repeated endlessly throughout our childhood:

Granny will your dog bite

Your hen peck, your rooster fight...

The lore of the Appalachian Mountains is a direct descendant of the British Isles, so it isn't surprising that sentiments we recognize from Mother Goose ("Heigh-ho, the carrion crow") are dressed up in new early American clothes ("The sly old crow").

Granny Will Your Dog Bite captures 40 mountain rhymes, whose musical origins can be clearly detected in the rhythmic renditions folk musician Gerald Milnes has collected. Kimberly Bulcken Root's watercolor illustrations are "witty, energetic, and carefully placed; white space, borders and slot illustrations punctuate the poems, while soft earthen colors and very delicate lines draw out the features of these characters and their lives.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-- Anyone interested in language or folk traditions will find much delight in this collection of traditional mountain rhymes. Couplets, short verse, and longer narratives all paint vivid pictures of the occupations and recreations of people of Appalachia using onomatopoetic nonsense, humor, and regional dialect. Because many of these rhymes are shared among adults as well as children, they discuss drinking, courting, and other topics not usually in the realm of childhood. Yet the rhythms are so catchy that, like the many nonsensical or violent nursery rhymes, they are taken up and enjoyed by youngsters. Root's illustrations enrich the rhymes through positioning of characters and use of line as well as gently explicate the meaning of some regional slang. Large full-page paintings show people and animals in various settings, and the many small paintings highlight the action and humor. A charming cassette adds a further dimension to the rhymes. Some are spoken, some are sung, some are accompanied by traditional instruments. The rich accents of Fleming and nine-year-old Bird, and the joy with which they share these verses, enhance the experience. For poetry, folklore, or traditional music collections. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394947495
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Series:
Book and Cassette Classics Ser.
Pages:
48

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