Skip Across the Ocean: Nursery Rhymes from Around the World

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Bagg
This is a disappointing resource book for adults. The colorful illustrations would be useful in schools as multicultural material. However, the translations of the rhymes are lacking in spirit and life and there is not enough explanation about how the rhymes are used.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Benjamin offers an unusual collection of 32 rhymes from various places in the world. They are divided into four groups, the last one aptly called "Grab Bag." Some of the poems are printed in the original language as well as the translation and the action rhymes give tips on acting them out. The artwork is the strong point of this book with bright bold paintings throughout.
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PreS-A multicultural collection of 32 nursery rhymes, some of which appear in their original languages-French, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Fanti, Luganda, and Yoruba-as well as in English. The sprightly, brightly colored folk-art illustrations have a childlike quality, complementing the rhymes, which are divided into categories of lullabies, action rhymes, nature, and miscellaneous. These work well for baby or laptime story hours, as actions are clearly described.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Julie Corsaro
Faux-naive, vibrantly colored paintings dominate this attractive international collection of 32 nursery rhymes. Some of the verses are familiar ("Frere Jacques," "Ride a Cock Horse" ), but most are less well known. Although the absence of music is a drawback with the lullabies, parents and babies should enjoy the finger plays, complete with unobtrusive directions. Some ditties appear in both the original language (German, Yoruba) and English; unfortunately, rhythm is sometimes sacrificed in translation. The illustrations often evoke the native country, but Moxley has taken care to include urban settings, not just the rustic or picturesque. Recommended for large collections needing additional nursery treasuries or books with a global slant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531094556
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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