Ian Penney's Book of Nursery Rhymes

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Embracing the dreamlike logic of traditional nursery rhymes, Penney envisions their subjects almost as figures in a jazzy antique toy store, eerie and stately all at once. His perspectives are wonderfully skewed, almost surreal, while his composition is formal and his richly colored acrylics reverberate with the feel of 17th-century England. The settings for the illustrations are in fact based on gardens, houses and pastures preserved by the National Trust in Great Britain. The 14 selections include the obvious (``Humpty Dumpty''; ``Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'') as well as lesser-known rhymes like ``Bobby Shaftoe's Gone to Sea.'' An acorn craftily buried in each spread adds to the adventure. Penney's treatment is both true to history and an aesthetic marvel for modern readers. All ages. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Into the rich world of existing Mother Goose collections (more than 80 are now in print) comes Penney's dazzling entry. The artist sets each of the 14 familiar rhymes in a specific National Trust property (one only wishes he had listed the actual properties shown). The words appear on the verso of each spread, surrounded by an appropriate border (a winding path encircles ``There was a Crooked Man''), and the illustration appears on the recto. There's an ongoing hidden acorn motif but, otherwise, this is a straightforward celebration of the glorious wordplay in one of the earliest collection of children's rhymes. The colors in Penney's paintings, like those of Nicola Bayley's, glow on the pages. Anyone wanting to introduce 20th-century children to part of their literary heritage need look no further.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810937338
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 10.97 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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