Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose [NOOK Book]


The numbers are on the loose--hiding and dancing, skipping and laughing through the rhymes of Mother Goose! It’s a good thing Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon have helped gather up all these mischievous numbers in a stunning celebration of counting, rhymes, and imagination.
The rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, are ordered from simple (1, 2, 3) to more complex numbers, making this ...
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The numbers are on the loose--hiding and dancing, skipping and laughing through the rhymes of Mother Goose! It’s a good thing Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon have helped gather up all these mischievous numbers in a stunning celebration of counting, rhymes, and imagination.
The rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, are ordered from simple (1, 2, 3) to more complex numbers, making this a collection to grow with. The illustrations are filled with surprising wit and whimsy. And this vibrant, playful volume is irresistible as an introduction to Mother Goose or as a new delight for her longtime fans.
     Includes a note from the illustrators.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-This lively compilation of 24 traditional counting rhymes invites children to explore and chant out numbers. The selections range from familiar ("Baa, baa, black sheep"; "1 potato, 2 potato"; "1, 2,/Buckle my shoe") to less well-known ("Hickery, dickery,/6 and 7,/Alabone, crackabone,/10 and 11,/Spin, spun,/Muskidun,/Twiddle 'em,/Twaddle 'em,/21") and are infused with the rhythm, energy, and colorful language that make them fun to read aloud, bounce to, and repeat again and again. The poems are accompanied by elegant, mostly two-page paintings done in gouache with touches of pencil, and the earthy, eye-pleasing palette is set off by white backdrops. The characters, both animal and human, are costumed in a variety of elaborate masks, strap-on noses, fancy hats, jacquard patterns, striped gowns, fine waistcoats, and buckled shoes, creating a delightful visual ensemble that mixes fairy-tale images with touches of Victorian propriety and the exhilaration and surprise of a Mardi Gras carnival. There is humor throughout, as in "Chook, chook . . . /Good morning, Mrs. Hen," where the proud mama shows off her colorful chicks to a wolf-dressed in cook's hat and apron-who clasps her hands in anticipation of a good meal. Filled with lighthearted details and inventive whimsy, this book has much to look at and much to count. It is a satisfying share-aloud for both lap-sitters and children who know their numbers and can tally up objects.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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Kirkus Reviews
Long-limbed numbers and letters, anthropomorphic insects, stalwart vegetables, inventively dressed animals and other unusual creatures join multiethnic humans in a cheerful march to the irresistible rhythm of Mother Goose in this selection of numerical nursery rhymes. From the well known ("Baa, baa, black sheep," "1, 2, Buckle my shoe" and "Sing a song of sixpence") to the more obscure ("There were 2 wrens upon a tree," "Barber, barber, shave a pig" and "Little Blue Ben, who lives in the glen"), this assortment presents a nice sampling of the verses and updates a couple of them. The gorgeously rendered illustrations, replete with warmth and humor, highlight the buoyancy, catchiness and surreal nature of the verses and provide a reminder of why these rhymes have survived to be a favorite of children for countless generations. An appealing introduction to the world of Mother Goose and an excellent choice for young listeners and mathematicians alike. Includes a brief note on the history and selection of the rhymes. (Picture book. 3-6)
The Horn Book Magazine

* "As they explain, the Dillons “offer children an invitation to...playful, energetic, magical, even at times mischievous numbers” with rhymes both well- and lesser-known, progressing “from rhymes with smaller numbers to those with larger numbers.” Thus, their selection of a couple of dozen rhymes doubles as an offbeat counting book; but their sunny, crisply rendered art does much more: in honoring the “fantastical quality of Mother Goose,” the illustrators have created a sweetly surreal space inhabited by humans (often wearing masks: it’s a false nose that the maid in “Sing a Song of Sixpence” loses to a blackbird), animals clothed or au naturel, dancing numerals, a clock with arms to ring its own alarm, a boat-rowing fish, and whimsical sizes (a tiny elf catches a huge “hare alive”). Such intriguing details broaden the meaning on every page, and if the literal-minded can’t always find precisely the number in question (“From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles”) in the pictures, there are plenty of other clearly delineated things to count and discuss. A charming and original vision that’s also just plain beautiful: this Mother Goose belongs in the permanent canon." (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547351292
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

LEO & DIANE DILLON have together illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema. The Dillons live in Brooklyn, New York.
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