Beaton (One Moose, Twenty Mice) stitches and appliqu's her way through 46 nursery rhymes, including a few less familiar treasures most notably, "There Was an Old Woman Up in a Basket," about a senior citizen who goes to great heights to sweep cobwebs from the moon. She exquisitely and inventively crafts each picture from felt, antique fabrics and bric-a-brac. In "I Had a Little Nut Tree," for example, the tree is made from eyelet fabric and dotted with tiny wooden beads. Beaton's work evokes the cozy domesticity and unhurried days of a bygone era, and many adults may find it refreshing to find a Mother Goose untainted by zingy modern ironies. But unlike How Big Is a Pig (reviewed below), the sewn illustrations don't quite transcend their inherently decorative quality. Beaton seldom plays with perspective, perhaps because the design necessitates that she devote space within each illustration to incorporate longer texts. While ambitious, this compendium unfortunately fails to find new visual energy in these old chestnuts. All ages. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Did you know that the first Mother Goose rhymes appeared in France over fifty years before they reached print in England? While the symbol of a Mother Goose has for centuries been associated with speech, language and the literary arts, the first printed verses appeared in 1697. Their origins seem to have followed the oral tradition of story telling passed from one generation to another for instructing and entertaining children. This particular edition features forty-six verses, from your favorites to some you may never have heard before. Instead of being illustrated through drawings or paintings, this unique edition showcases the author's needlework abilities by using embroidery and applique to bring each verse to life. In each colorful illustration, the author has embroidered a goose feather, so a child must stay alert to find it within each verse. The needlework is delightful, and uses subject matter and materials which will interest young readers and listeners. It is printed on heavy paper which is a plus for that first sure to be well-used Mother Goose book. 2000, Barefoot Books, Ages 2 to 7, $16.99. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This reissue of Beaton's original book features the addition of a sing-along CD, included as part of the book cover. (The three little kittens who lost their mittens show through when the CD is removed.) All of the rhymes are included, except the first (a child asking Mother Goose for feathers to fill a pillow) and the last (the child snuggling into a pillow apparently stuffed with feathers found on each page of the book). These serve as the introduction and conclusion to the text. The CD has a jaunty musical introduction. Each rhyme is sung as it is written in the book with musical interludes to allow time for turning pages and examining the pictures. Most pieces are very brief as the majority of the rhymes have only four to six lines. In a few instances, some lines are repeated, such as in "This Little Piggy Went to Market." "Three Blind Mice" and "Snow, Snow Faster" are sung as rounds with three voices coming in. The total playing time is about twenty-five minutes. The major appeal of the book is, of course, Beaton's lovely collage illustrations composed of fabric. Her creative use of felt pieces, buttons, lace, and other sewing materials is what makes the book distinctive. The addition of this musical piece may appeal to families with small children. It does not seem very practical for school or public libraries.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
PreS-Another Mother Goose book? This one is unusual because of its distinctive illustrations. Beaton has created an exquisite collection of nursery-rhyme pictures made of felt and antique fabrics, decorated with braid, buttons, and beads. The hand-sewn pictures are enhanced with precise appliqu and embroidery and are worth more than a second glance. The excellent craftsmanship that has gone into these illustrations makes the book a delight to pore over. The 46 rhymes, one to a page, are depicted with detail, right down to the tiny buttons used for eyes on the three little kittens. Each picture has an embroidered feather from Mother Goose for which youngsters can hunt. If your Mother Goose collection is overstocked, you might consider weeding to make room for this original, highly appealing version.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Arresting artwork combined with a playful challenge of seek-and-find offers readers a fresh alternative to more traditional Mother Goose collections. This one, featuring over 40 rhymes, is an intriguing blend of familiar and arcane verses. The tried-and-true favorites are all here: "Pat-a-Cake," "Three Blind Mice," "Jack Be Nimble," and others. However, the selection of less well-known rhymes will be a delightful discovery for readers, young and old. Rhymes such as "Peddler's Song," "Diddly, Diddly, Dumpty," "Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Cherry Tree," not often included in collections, are reintroduced to a new generation of children. The front pages contain the beginning of the classic rhyme "Cackle, cackle, Mother Goose, / Have you any feathers loose?," giving readers the task of seeking out all the loose feathers incorporated into the illustrations. Close scrutiny of each page rewards with the discovery of a lone feather in the landscape. Beaton's (Zoe and Her Zebra, 1999, etc.) splendid collages revel in the whimsy of Mother Goose . The artwork is executed with Beaton's signature flair; color-filled collages feature intricately sewn pieces of felt and other materials, assembled to create vivid images so three-dimensional that readers will be tempted to run their fingers over the pages to feel the textures. With cheerful characters capering across the pages and encouraging readers to abandon themselves to the wit and wisdom of Mother Goose, this ebullient collection of rhymes deserves a special spot on the shelf. A foreword includes a rather esoteric introduction from the publisher regaling interested adults withanabbreviated history of Mother Goose, from her roots in an ancient Hindu goddess to her first published appearance in 1697. (contents list, index) (Picture book. 2-8)