Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard

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by Jane Cabrera

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An adorable new board book edition of the classic rhyme in Jane Cabrera's signature brightly textured style.

When Old Mother Hubbard finds her cupboard bare, she goes on a wacky shopping spree to buy her hungry dog some shoes, a wig, a coat-everything but his supper. And while she's out, the dog has his own fun, from washing the cat to dancing a jig. By the


An adorable new board book edition of the classic rhyme in Jane Cabrera's signature brightly textured style.

When Old Mother Hubbard finds her cupboard bare, she goes on a wacky shopping spree to buy her hungry dog some shoes, a wig, a coat-everything but his supper. And while she's out, the dog has his own fun, from washing the cat to dancing a jig. By the time the dog gets his bone, children will be in stitches from the silly antics of this lovable dog.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cabrera's tempera illustrations always virtually bubble over with high spirits: her bold, saturated colors, broad brushstrokes and luscious, wet-paint surfaces bring to mind an especially creative and satisfyingly messy episode of finger painting. Although this familiar rhyme does not offer her the abundant possibilities of her Over in the Meadow, the title character comes across as a sweet, bright-eyed granny. The exuberant orange-and-white pooch companion comically rides a goat that resembles a bucking bronco and reads the news with ?lan. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Adults familiar with children's picture books will be delighted to know that Jane Cabrera has authored and illustrated another book in her lively signature style. This time she takes on a tried and true nursery rhyme that is wacky fun in itself. As in most of her previous children's books, she continues to use an animal as her protagonist, this time with the addition of a zany Old Mother Hubbard. We all know that her trusty dog simply wants a bone for supper, yet together, they rhyme their way through one delightfully silly adventure after another before her poor dog finally gets his bone. Cabrera's bold brushstrokes of color autograph this picture book throughout with bright yellows and oranges, vivid blues and greens. Color, drawings and rhyming text come together in smooth collaboration. Throughout these imaginative pages parents and preschool teachers will find an excellent opportunity to introduce toddlers and older children to the joy of reading and the delight of books. 2001, Holiday House Books, $15.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
I have heard the first stanza many times and always felt a little sorry for the poor dog because the cupboard was bare, and so he had nothing to eat. Cabrera takes the rhyme a bit further and has Mother Hubbard buying him a coat, but when she got home, he was riding a goat. The tale continues with other outlandish purchases and activities. Imagine a dog washing a cat, dancing a jig, or reading the paper. In the end, we see the dog all decked out in his jacket, shoes, wig, and hat, and best of all, presented with a gigantic bone for his supper. Enjoy the variety of shoes, hats, headlines in the newspaper, and the names on the stores. All these items are beyond the board book audience, but they will be fun for the adults who may be reading to a child this familiar tale with its new twist. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-A delightfully illustrated rendition of the complete nursery rhyme. Cabrera's spreads are alive with movement achieved through painterly brush strokes and bright colors. Old Mother Hubbard and her dog are drawn as whimsical cartoon characters sure to charm young readers. This sweet grandmother with a white bouffant hairdo and wearing tennis shoes is a perfect match for her lovable brown-and-white terrierlike dog. Older children will relish the subtle humor depicted in several of the scenes. The art is all done in the same spirit as James Marshall's Old Mother Hubbard & Her Wonderful Dog (Farrar, 1991). The large pictures make the book an excellent choice for preschool storytimes.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cabrera (Dog's Day, 2000, etc.) illustrates this abbreviated adaptation of the nursery rhyme with broadly brushed, vibrantly colored scenes. Large, hand-lettered text complements illustrations that look like they were slathered on with finger-paints, in a perfect child-like style. Here is a hungry but irrepressible little terrier cavorting about while a cat looks on in alarm-or annoyance after being forcibly bathed-and Mother Hubbard shops for a coat, hat, wig, and shoes for him, even though "the cupboard is bare." Cabrera has made some adjustments: the dog doesn't die, even temporarily, and the ending has become a real crowd-pleaser. Instead of the original's now-stilted pleasantries, upon her return Mother Hubbard whips out a HUGE bone, crowing, "Your supper!"-prompting an ecstatic "Bow-Wow!" in response. Ex-toddlers will eat this up. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
Jane Cabrera Board Bks.
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 6.46(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Cabrera is the author and illustrator of many popular picture books as well as a graphic designer and artist. Her work has appeared on the Today Show and has received numerous awards. She lives in England with her family.

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Old Mother Hubbard 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
There are probably few things that truly stand the test of time and nursery rhymes are among this select group. My mother and grandmother recited the same rhymes to me and I said them to my children. Surely one of the most popular of these amusing ditties is Old Mother Hubbard. However, neither my grandmother or mother had seen Jane Cabrera's version - they would have loved it! Talented author/artist Cabrera has given this rhyme several smile provoking new twists, such as Mother Hubbard going to the tailor to buy her dog a coat and going to the barber's to buy him a wig. More surprises come when she returns home after each trip and sees what dog has been doing. All of this comes in a 5' by 6' board book, sturdy enough to withstand many page turnings by small fingers. Illustrations are eye popping bright and cheerful. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a retelling of the Mother Goose rhyme of the same name. Jane Cabrera, author and illustrator updates the illustrations. They are in a painterly style. She has double-loaded her brush first in one color, then tipped it into another color. The result is wonderful movement of not only figures, but solid masses of background. It is possible to see many colors in each of the figures. Typeface perfectly matches the painting style. It is whimsical and hand created, not a typeface. On most of the pages, text appears on the left side of the page and the illustration on the right side. Some of the text appears on top of the background on double page spreads. It is a great addition to anyone's nursery rhyme collection.