There Was a Man and He Was Mad

There Was a Man and He Was Mad

by John M. Feierabend, Aaron Joshua
     
 

A classic folksong is brought vividly to life in this enchanting children’s picture book, accompanied by beautiful paintings that capture the essence and wonder of this story and pull the reader in to a fantastic world of music and wonder. “There was a Man and He Was Mad” exists in many variations, and was popular as early as 1886, when James

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A classic folksong is brought vividly to life in this enchanting children’s picture book, accompanied by beautiful paintings that capture the essence and wonder of this story and pull the reader in to a fantastic world of music and wonder. “There was a Man and He Was Mad” exists in many variations, and was popular as early as 1886, when James Orchard Halliwell published it in his “The Nursery Rhymes of England.” The melody is very simple and therefore easy to learn, and is reminiscent of the favorite children’s folk song, “Old McDonald.” Throughout its aural life, “There Was a Man and He Was Mad” has been continually reinvented for no other reason than the pleasure of placing this man in more and more ridiculous situations. This book captures one of the many wonderful versions of the song—with an added twist!

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"Lullabies, simple songs, and rhymes! They are so much more than notes and rhythm—they have a way of bringing adults and children close together in warm, fun, loving ways. This rich collection  . . . can easily nourish both children and their adults."  —Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, on the First Steps in Music Series
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
There Was a Man And He Was Mad looks to be a picture book presentation of a nursery rhyme. The actual rhyme stem "there was a man and he was mad" uses the same structure as a much better known lullaby "Hush little Baby don't you cry"—in all cases the end rhyme of a sentence leads to a new situation. The first few in this case read "the bag was so thin, he jumped onto the top of a pin. The tip of the pin was very sharp so he jumped onto an Irish harp�" In fact, this is not at all a young child's nursery rhyme: the concept of being mad as "crazy" instead of as "angry" will not make sense to many children nor will references to things like an Irish harp. Adults can see the illogical movement from pin to harp to cabbage to pig to dill pickle as an indication of the man's insanity; they also might understand the same perspective is shown in the surreal illustrations that have the man shift from life size to toy soldier size. The introduction and end notes make it clear that the book is really a work of folklore that reflects the author's mission to preserve traditional folksongs. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579996819
Publisher:
Gia Publications
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
First Steps in Music series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,090,349
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

John M. Feierabend is the author of Frog in the Meadow, Ride Away on Your Horses, and Round and Round the Garden. He is a professor of music education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut. Aaron Joshua is a professional illustrator. He lives in New York City.

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