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A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
From Chapter Rhymes and Jingles
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Patty-cake, patty-cake, Baker's man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it up and roll it up.
And put it in the pan.
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider and sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Copyright © 1945 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Copyright © renewed 1973 by Miska F. Petersham
Posted April 20, 2008
I needed a general purpose book to read to boys and girls visiting our community credit union with their parents. I picked up an abridged paperback copy of the Rooster Crows. After two years of pulling out my now battered copy, I am going online in search of the unabridged hardcover, due to the thrills this book has delivered to every age group including mesmerized adults. I am careful about what I read and this compilation and gifted illustrations meets every critera. It does not feel old though each rhyme and jingle is deliberately set in the period in which it was born, the children playing the games associated with the text, wearing the often constrictive clothing. That fat old bear with the big behind, laboriously going over the mountain or the teddy bear, no longer fuzzy, left behind under a sunflower in the rain while two little worms stick up their heads to wonder and a bullfrog sits nearby. The little girl beside the covered wagon brought a tear to my eye as I thought of my grandmother coming up from Kentucky like that. Buttons pop off, cracker barrels empty, feet are bare and trees are full here in one of the very best children's compilations ever put together by sensitive and imaginative singers and artists, 'The Rooster Crows' is the very best anthology of real rhymes children actually do sing, that I've ever come across. I've had one or two children even given me extra bits they've added on. I can spend half an hour on one single picture with an insightful five year old, seeing something new every time. Wait till you see the gopher couple meeting the giraffe's on the ark, waves visible at the window (along with a houseplant). The hippos cower and the lions watch in amusement as gopher meets giraffe...'and if you should go for a gopher - a gopher will go for you!'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2004
I wasn't crazy about this book. It's very old (originally published in 1946), and the words and illustrations seem old and outdated. There are one or two references to guns and people dying, which made me squirm a bit when reading the book to my 2 1/2 year old daughter (I won't be reading those rhymes again). There's nothing gory or inappropriate about the rhymes, it's just that you don't see such references in today's lit for kids. I almost sent this book back, but decided against it since the S&H to return it probably would have cost as much as the book itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.