Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

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by Salley Mavor
     
 

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This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes.

It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews

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This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes.

It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, each scene taking nearly a month to complete. In this book, Mavor renders a new and visionary nursery rhyme world with precision and intricacy for many a generation to treasure for years and years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rarely have classic childhood verses been depicted with so much care and detail--and fabric. Loosely organizing the rhymes over the course of the day, starting with morning themes and closing with bedtime rhymes, Mavor creates a miniature world using wool felt, various stitching techniques, and found materials like acorn caps and seashells. Tiny ducks follow Jack and Jill's journey up and down the hill, while the rocking cradle in "Hush-a-bye, baby" is a walnut shell. Mavor's intricate and colorfully embroidered work of art makes even the best-known childhood poems feel special and new again. Up to age 3. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"When teachers bemoan the lack of knowledge of nursery tales in their young students, press this special volume into their hands, but get one for home, too: every family deserves a fine collection of nursery rhymes, and this is one of the best."—The Horn Book, starred review

"On every page, embroidery, knotwork and beautifully dyed wool felt form backgrounds for the dozens of individual figures and buttons, beads, driftwood and stones. The design is sumptuous, and the smaller details enchant."—Kirkus Reviews

"Rarely have classic childhood verses been depicted with so much care and detail—and fabric....Mavor's intricate and colorfully embroidered work of art makes even the best-known childhood poems feel special and new again."—Publishers Weekly

"An unusual and charming addition to nursery-rhyme shelves."—School Library Journal


 

Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Simple Simon, Jack Sprat, the Old Woman in the Shoe, Little Miss Muffett—the Mother Goose gang is all here, and though their rhymes may be familiar, you will not want to miss a single page of Mavor's unique collection. Illustrated with embroidered scenes, hand-sewn dolls, cozy felt, and unusual embellishments, Pocketful of Posies is truly a labor of love, sewn one stitch at a time. The fabric scenes seem to jump off the page, practically begging to be touched and played with. As a quilt is pieced together one square at a time, Mavor masterfully weaves together common nursery rhymes with the less familiar ones, and the illustrations feel as if they, too, are part of a larger masterpiece. Perhaps most striking is her pairing and juxtaposition of rhymes within a single setting. The pat-a-cake baker, mend-my-shoe cobbler, and put-the-kettle-on Polly are imagined as shopkeepers on a busy street, deftly tying three verses together in one gorgeous scene. Old Mother Hubbard, her poor dog, and the hickory, dickory dock mouse are pictured living together in a spare yet tidy home. And Mary and her little lamb will have you turning the book itself around and around as they go to school and back again. This beautiful picture book will be equally cherished by preschoolers and adults alike for its rich detail, inviting texture, and warmth. Indeed, Pocketful of Posies feels like a hand-made gift just for you! Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The epitome of warm and fuzzy, this collection is illustrated with embroidered fabric pictures that have been embellished with small objects like buttons, bells, shells, and bits of driftwood. Some of the items, like Mary's little white lambs, are crocheted, and many of the people appear to have heads made of smooth, round dowels. Old verses like "Elsie Marley" and "Simple Simon" are given a new freshness with this interpretation. With no white space, and familiar text laid out simply, the pictures definitely take center stage. Young children love visual detail and this book will engage and delight. The characters don't look very expressive, but the soft colors and graceful lines are attractive and appealing. An unusual and charming addition to nursery-rhyme shelves.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Mavor has chosen 64 rhymes that combine the familiar (Peter Piper and his peppers, Mary and her lamb, Old Mother Hubbard), the not so familiar ("I eat my peas with honey" and Wee Willie Winkie) and the truly obscure ("Go to bed first, / a golden purse; / Go to bed second, / a golden pheasant; / Go to bed third, / a golden bird"). Beyond the variety, however, the art makes this collection shine. Describing the illustrations as "hand-sewn fabric relief collages" (as the copyright page has it) really does not do them justice. On every page, embroidery, knotwork and beautifully dyed wool felt form backgrounds for the dozens of individual figures and buttons, beads, driftwood and stones. The design is sumptuous, and the smaller details enchant: Hush-a-Bye Baby's cradle is a walnut shell; "Deedle, deedle, dumpling, my son John" sleeps in the attic loft of Jack Sprat and his wife; Elsie Marley, who "lies in bed till eight or nine," is tucked up under her lace coverlet, reading. A fine choice. (author's note) (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547504926
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
72
File size:
62 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"When teachers bemoan the lack of knowledge of nursery tales in their young students, press this special volume into their hands, but get one for home, too: every family deserves a fine collection of nursery rhymes, and this is one of the best."—The Horn Book, starred review

"On every page, embroidery, knotwork and beautifully dyed wool felt form backgrounds for the dozens of individual figures and buttons, beads, driftwood and stones. The design is sumptuous, and the smaller details enchant."—Kirkus Reviews

"Rarely have classic childhood verses been depicted with so much care and detail—and fabric....Mavor's intricate and colorfully embroidered work of art makes even the best-known childhood poems feel special and new again."—Publishers Weekly

"An unusual and charming addition to nursery-rhyme shelves."—School Library Journal

 


 

Meet the Author

Salley Mavor has illustrated many picture books in her signature style. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

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