My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts

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All your favorite nursery rhymes, songs, and concepts illustrated by popular artist David McPhail—the perfect shower, birthday, or Christmas gift for babies and toddlers.

Enter the beloved world of Mother Goose with the whimsical illustrations of David McPhail. Here classic rhymes come to life with energy, humor, and the sweetest charm. With a loveable cast of zoo and farm animals, My Mother Goose also includes concepts like opposites, colors, and early ...

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Overview

All your favorite nursery rhymes, songs, and concepts illustrated by popular artist David McPhail—the perfect shower, birthday, or Christmas gift for babies and toddlers.

Enter the beloved world of Mother Goose with the whimsical illustrations of David McPhail. Here classic rhymes come to life with energy, humor, and the sweetest charm. With a loveable cast of zoo and farm animals, My Mother Goose also includes concepts like opposites, colors, and early vocabulary. Give children a gift they will treasure for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Leonard S. Marcus
The child characters in McPhail's sprightly, lyrical watercolors are wistful daydreamers who bear a certain family resemblance to those first seen in children's book art in the path-finding early illustration work of Maurice Sendak for such picture books as Ruth Krauss's A Hole Is to Dig; Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear series; and The Moon Jumpers, by Janice May Udry. McPhail's youngsters are more apt to be rosy cheeked than Sendak's, and also to look a bit more laid back, as though freed from the arty obligation to double as an archetype. His animals in human dress look like people we might wish to know, or perhaps even to be. Mother Goose rhymes are like that too, surprising us with their fun-house view of the world and everyone in it, not least of all ourselves.
Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
McPhail’s familiar shaggy-haired toddlers and friendly animals lend themselves to this grouping of more than 60 Mother Goose rhymes. The verses flow naturally into one another. For “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,” a bear baker prepares to put a cake (marked with a “B”) in the oven. On the following page, for “Simple Simon,” a ginger-haired boy requests a pie from an alligator baker. Elsewhere, “Little Bo-Peep” leads into the similarly ovine “Baa, baa, black sheep,” and two bouncing children, “Jack be nimble” and “Little Jumping Joan,” share a spread. Short sections also introduce basic concepts that include shapes, colors, getting dressed, and methods of transportation. McPhail’s welcoming world of anthropomorphic animals and adventurous children is as distinctive and cozy as ever. Ages 2–5. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)
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"McPhail’s welcoming world of anthropomorphic animals and adventurous children is as distinctive and cozy as ever."—Publishers Weekly

 

 

"McPhail portrays a classic, though updated, Mother Goose world, populated with people (not all white) and anthropomorphized animals." - The Horn Book

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
PreS—This collection includes many favorites such as "Old Mother Hubbard" and "Hickory Dickory Dock" as well as some lesser-known rhymes, such as "Little Jumping Joan." Though musical notation is not included, the songs housed within will likely be familiar to readers: "It's Raining, It's Pouring" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," to name a few. Dispersed throughout are small picture-dictionary-style concept spreads exploring subjects like the alphabet, clothing, transportation, and actions. McPhail's illustrations, done in pen-and-ink with watercolor feature his distinctive cast of characters, both human and animal, joyfully enacting each rhyme. Readers will be pleased with this collection of classics.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596435261
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 178,900
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David McPhail published his first children's book, The Bear's Toothache, in 1972. Since then, he has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books including No! and The Abandoned Lighthouse, published by Roaring Brook Press. He lives in New Hampshire.

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