Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

by Pearson, Tracey Campbell Pearson
     
 

Nursery rhymes with a contemporary twist

In this version of the classic rhyme, Miss Muffet carries her tuffet (a comfy pillow) outdoors to enjoy her bowl of curds and whey. But when a sudden wind blows a spider her way, the girl is gone in a flash, leaving all behind - including her scrumptious snack, much to the delight of her cat.

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Nursery rhymes with a contemporary twist

In this version of the classic rhyme, Miss Muffet carries her tuffet (a comfy pillow) outdoors to enjoy her bowl of curds and whey. But when a sudden wind blows a spider her way, the girl is gone in a flash, leaving all behind - including her scrumptious snack, much to the delight of her cat.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Pearson's] board books capture a perfect pulse of family, toddlers, and Mother Goose. You've got a gem in Pearson." —Jim Trelease

"Charming." — School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
In two more nursery standbys, Tracey Campbell Pearson injects some humor into her delicate watercolors,: Little Miss Muffet and Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling. In the first, for instance, the heroine's pillow serves as a tuffet, and her pet cat has the last laugh: after the spider scares her away, the feline makes a play for the arachnid then laps up the milk. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This rhyme is one I heard growing up and always thought it was a bit strange; what is a tuffet and what are curds and whey? Pearson has done a great job with her visual interpretation. We know from the pictures that a tuffet is a cushion, but we still do not know for sure what the "stuff in the bowl" is. The spider does indeed frighten this little girl away, but her cat certainly gets the benefit of lapping up her curds and whey (cottage cheese). The ending adds a dollop of humor. The art is soothing—soft, loosely-drawn watercolors—and the story makes sense. It is a good board book choice for any family. 2005, Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 1 to 4.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-These appealing books feature charming watercolor depictions of toddlers living out the "events" in beloved nursery rhymes. "My son John" falls asleep while reading Mother Goose and is lovingly put in his crib by his parents. "Little Miss Muffet" sits on a big fluffy pillow while she eats her usual snack. The traditional "along came a spider" has been slightly altered to read, "there came a big spider." These two titles join Pearson's versions of Hector Protector and Little Bo-Peep (both Farrar, 2004) to make nice additions to board-book collections.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374308629
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/07/2005
Series:
Mother Goose Board Books Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
14
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.52(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including two companion board books, Hector Protector and Little Bo-Peep. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

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