Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose

Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose

by Tomie dePaola
     
 

Since its original publication in 1985, Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose has become a staple on children’s bookshelves everywhere, and features over two hundred Mother Goose rhymes charmingly illustrated by one of today’s most beloved artists. This special anniversary edition includes a framable print with brand-new art and an author’s note from

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Since its original publication in 1985, Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose has become a staple on children’s bookshelves everywhere, and features over two hundred Mother Goose rhymes charmingly illustrated by one of today’s most beloved artists. This special anniversary edition includes a framable print with brand-new art and an author’s note from Tomie, and is sure to continue as a family favorite for generations to come.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Working from classic verses this extraordinarily complete collection is filled with fresh life by dePaola's brilliant full color paintings. The over 200 rhymes include such favorites as "Little Bo Peep," "Humpty Dumpty," "Simple Simon," "Old King Cole" and a host of others. Tommie de Paola is a Caldecott honor award artist.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The "First Mother" of reading is Mother Goose. One of the most important books in a baby's collection is a volume of Mother Goose. I've heard that many of the rhythms and rhymes echo a mother's heartbeat. That would explain why these verses can soothe a seemingly inconsolable infant into sleep, or bring smiles and giggles to a bored baby. What's more, they have endured for centuries. Choosing a particular volume depends on personal taste. Tomie dePaola, who has done a superb Mother Goose collection, also has a small board book collection entitled Tomie's Little Mother Goose.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 DePaola has collected and illustrated over 200 traditional classic Mother Goose rhymes as originally collected by Peter and Iona Opie. His illustrations convey a mood of humor, surprise and nonsense. Happy children and animals smile from well-designed pages, incorporating good use of white space and borders. Especially appealing is the interracial mix of characters. The crooked man, crooked house, barn and farm animal scenes are dePaola at his best. A few others are not as clever and, while pretty, tell little. Overall though, this handsome edition is one which most libraries will want to place among their many other versions of Mother Goose . It ends with Christmas, night verses and prayers, a nice touch. Susan McCord, Boise Public Library, Idaho

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399212581
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
96,336
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.

It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.

He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:

- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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