The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time


Together we'll do it-
We'll help save the earth…
Come now, rhyme with me,
Let's turn our hearts loose,
And fly 'round the world
With Green Mother Goose.

Mother Goose has gone green-and this playful picture book invites kids to join the fun. In these delightful “recycled” ...

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Together we'll do it-
We'll help save the earth…
Come now, rhyme with me,
Let's turn our hearts loose,
And fly 'round the world
With Green Mother Goose.

Mother Goose has gone green-and this playful picture book invites kids to join the fun. In these delightful “recycled” rhymes, Old Mother Hubbard shops with cloth grocery bags; Old King Coal is a better old soul, working to keep our skies smoke-free; and Hickety, Pickety is now a cage-free hen!
Carin Berger's stunning and whimsical eco-friendly collages are created from ticket stubs, newspapers, and other reused items.

Key Selling Points:
Perfect for Earth Day promotions
This eco-friendly book is printed on recycled paper with agri-based inks, with art made from creatively recycled materials
Award-winning creative team whose books have appeared on many “Best Children's Books” state lists

About the Authors:
JAN PECK is the author of many books for young readers, including The Giant Carrot, named to four state master lists and to the Bank Street College “Best Children's Books of the Year” list, among others. Jan lives in FORT WORTH, TEXAS. Learn more at

DAVID DAVIS has written more than a dozen picture books. Jazz Cats and Ten Redneck Babies were both named to the Children's Choice Top 100 list. David lives in FORT WORTH, TEXAS. Find out more at

About the illustrator
CARIN BERGER is a designer, illustrator, and author of many acclaimed children's books. Her intricate cut paper collages are made from any scraps and odds and ends that she can find and reuse. Carin divides her time between NEW YORK CITY and rural VERMONT. Find out more at

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Classic nursery rhyme characters are recast in an eco-friendly platform. Yankee Doodle explores green transportation ("Yankee Doodle went to school,/ A-riding in a carpool"), Old Mother Hubbard rethinks her buying habits when her dog rebuffs the junk food in her cupboard ("She went to the market/ To buy only local./ Dog bounced and barked/ His approval was vocal"), and "Old King Coal" has a change of heart: "Though he was a meanie,/ Now he is a greenie,/ And he works to keep our skies smoke-free." Matte collages incorporate newsprint, bottles, cans, and other recyclable materials. Peck and Davis deliver their missive with humor and a touch of snark, but the often self-righteous tone drains much of the fun. Ages 5–up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Peck and Davis whimsically rework 30 familiar rhymes with eco-friendly issues and concerns: recycling, organic gardening, free-range chickens, and the benefits of conserving. The five little piggies bike, save water, and cry: "Re-re-recycle!'/All the way home." Little Jack Horner changes incandescent bulbs, Little Boy Green tends a beehive, and Old King Coal: "Though he was a meanie,/Now he is a greenie,/And he works to keep our skies smoke-free." Most of the rhymes are fun and readable, even rousing at times, though a few are forced and didactic. After failing to win her pet's approval with junk food and nonorganic snacks, Old Mother Hubbard: "went to the market/To buy only local./Dog bounced and barked,/His approval was vocal." Berger's collage illustrations crafted from found papers, including ticket stubs and newsprint, add to the book's folksy appeal. Inventive and hopeful, this should strike the right note for Earth Day celebrations.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
For this collection of 30 poems, not only nursery rhymes but also familiar children's songs ("Yankee Doodle," "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush," etc.) have been given new lyrics promoting energy conservation activities and healthy living. The author of Texas Mother Goose (2006) here teams up with the "green-minded" author of The Giant Carrot (1998) to produce a lively combination of parody and sound earth-saving suggestions. "Little Jack Horner / Changed bulbs in the corner" and "Hickety, Pickety, free-range hen" combine with a Mother Hubbard who "went to the market / To buy only local." Their strong message is leavened by Berger's whimsical, inventive illustrations, which lighten the tone. On varied backgrounds, including lined paper, surreal bird-people with skinny legs and round heads litter and recycle, plant gardens, tend bees, hang laundry on the line and ride bicycles. Five little pig-people "re-re-recycle!" all the way home. Indeed, recycled materials, found papers and ephemera were used for these collages. Bits of text on the papers bear intriguing messages, use unusual fonts and languages and may be reversed. Some of the materials make connections: Mother Hubbard does, indeed, have a cloth shopping bag, and the gardener in "This is the Seed that Jack Sowed" is wearing denim overalls.These illustrations invite close inspection, while the poems will be welcomed in schools where going green is a value. (Poetry. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402765254
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 296,121
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Cute idea!

    This a cute idea! Some were quite the stretch, but I love the idea of it though. I'll be sending this non conventional book to many friends for baby showers, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    loved enviro message tucked in ol faves

    not just for bedtime though!

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Perfect for Earth Day or Any Day!

    The traditional Mother Goose rhymes have gone green! My children love for me to read and recite Mother Goose rhymes, and in this book, our favorite characters teach us things we can do to take care of our Earth. For example, Old Mother Hubbard uses cloth shopping bags, Little Jack Horner changes lightbulbs in the corner - to compact fluorescents, and in the green version of "This Little Piggy," the last little piggy squeals, "Re-re-recycle!" all the way home. Reading this book with my 7-year-old son made for great conversations about going green. He was introduced to topics I had never taught him about before, like compost piles and solar panels. We also enjoyed talking about the things we did do that were mentioned in the rhymes, like turning off the tap, and using both sides of the paper. He really got into the Eco-friendly spirit of The Green Mother Goose and learned a lot. Kids and adults will enjoy these fun, read-aloud rhymes as well as the colorful, unique style of artwork found within its recycled paper pages. Carin Berger (illustrator) uses intricate cut paper collages made from scraps and odds and ends that she can find and reuse to illustrate the book. Talk about a truly "green" book -- even the pictures are Eco-friendly! This book is a must-have for parents and schoolteachers who want to encourage their children and students to be green. A perfect read for Earth Day and any day!

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