Old Mother Hubbard and Her Wonderful Dog

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Caldecott Honor winner James Marshall tops himself

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the Cupboard,
To fetch her poor dog a bone;
But when she came there The cupboard was bare And so the poor dog had none.

And so it goes, as Old Mother Hubbard visits the baker, the undertaker, the butcher, the fishmonger, the ...

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Overview

Caldecott Honor winner James Marshall tops himself

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the Cupboard,
To fetch her poor dog a bone;
But when she came there The cupboard was bare And so the poor dog had none.

And so it goes, as Old Mother Hubbard visits the baker, the undertaker, the butcher, the fishmonger, the tavern, the fruit stand, the tailor, the hatter, the barber, the cobbler, the seamstress, and the hosier, always hoping to find a little something that will please her wonderful dog. These two familiars from the traditional nursery rhyme seem to have a far more rewarding and amusing relationship than we ever imagined, at least as portrayed in James Marshall's lavishly inventive illustrations. Long recognized as an incomparable master of the picture-book form, this time Marshall outdoes himself in sheer inspiration and brio.

Old Mother Hubbard runs errand after errand for her remarkable dog.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Marshall's hands, Old Mother Hubbard's perambulations on her pet's behalf--to the cupboard, the baker, the undertaker, the fishmonger and elsewhere--constitute anything but a pedestrian outing. They set the scene for a riotously colorful parade of costumes and outrageous posturing as the characters assume whatever personae best suit the verse of the moment. The dog is particularly flamboyant and grand, appearing, variously, as a turbaned sultan, a kilted Scotsman doing a solemn jig and a bereted flutist in a quartet. A myriad of shamelessly silly background details (``You'll quiver for our liver,'' promises a placard at the butcher's) multiplies the fun. Ages 3-up. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- This adaptation of a favorite nursery rhyme is a romp of rhythm and will bring on the smiles because of the inimitable style of Marshall's cartoons and tongue-in-cheek humor. He extends the text from the familiar visits Mother Hubbard makes to the hatter, tailor, and barber to include a cobbler, hosier, seamstress, fruit stand . . . even a tavern and undertaker, among others. Never fear, there is nothing macabre or unseemly here--it is simple fun and sure to delight the eyes and tickle some funnybones. The cadence is musical, and young audiences will giggle as they absorb the humorous, colorful illustrations that fill each page. Old Mother Hubbard has a new look, and it is one that is sure to please listeners and newly independent readers many times over. Consider purchasing multiple copies of this pleasurable frolic. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374356217
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/1/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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