My Very First Mother Goose

My Very First Mother Goose

Hardcover(20th Anniversary Edition)

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Twenty years after Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells released their first collection of Mother Goose rhymes, the celebrated original is back in a gorgeous anniversary edition.

To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved words of Mother Goose. Here, folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest forms, from “Hey Diddle, Diddle" and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat” — familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations and are every child’s birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells capturing the simple joy and sly humor of the classic nursery rhymes, this special anniversary volume features a case cover and jacket and includes a note from the illustrator on the unparalleled influence of Mother Goose, both during childhood and far beyond it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763688912
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: My Very First Mother Goose Series
Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 108
Sales rank: 103,581
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 1 - 4 Years

About the Author

Iona Opie (1923-2017) dedicated her life to collecting and preserving children’s rhymes as an art form and believed that “nursery rhymes are good for you.” In partnership with her late husband, Peter Opie, she edited many acclaimed books of children’s folklore, including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.

Rosemary Wells is the author and/or illustrator of more than 120 books for young readers. She has won many awards, including more than twenty American Library Association Notable Book citations, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. She lives in a small town in New England.

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My Very First Mother Goose 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knowing how to rhyme is a vital skill for beginning readers. As a former kindergarten teacher, I found many children had no knowledge of nursery rhymes and had trouble rhyming. Reading with your child and introducing a child to nursery rhymes helps to create a successful beginning reader. This book is big with beautiful illustrations, wonderful characters and fun rhymes. You can read it every day and soon your child will be saying his favorite rhymes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great way start your emerging reader with this adorable Mother Goose book. Wholesome, positive messages and colorful illustrations make this one a classic. Start your children off right with a timeless children's book.
zeebreez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Opie, Iona. My very first mother goose. Cambridge, Mass.:Candlewick Press, 1996. This book has illustrations by Rosemary Wells.This book has different poems compared to Mary Engelbreit. The quality of the pictures are not of the same caliber as Engelbreit. The font is larger and is spread out over the pages. The book is divided by chapters with specific poems to begin each section. This would make a good lapbook for young childre getting them used to the rhythm and rhyme. Age group: 3-6 years
nzfj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells is 107 pages. It is divided into 4 chapters with 68 nursery rhymes divided throughout the chapters. The intended audience would be 2-5+years and even adults would enjoy this collection of traditional rhymes with the realistic/folk art style. Almost every page stands on its own. The illustrations create a cause and effect relationship with the text and after finishing one verse you¿re spurred onto the next page by the expectant tone created from the last rhyme and its illustration. Panels and their verses are drawn in varying sizes, alternating from a full page illustration without text to a six, four, three or two small thumb size illustrations and smaller font to match. Panels can vary from a quarter to a half of page placed in the center or on the top or bottom. All this page and composition design provides rhythm and unity in the picture book. The nostalgic thoughtful and amusing illustrations are done with ink and watercolor. Colors are contrasting with rich earth dark colors next to summer pastels. Some pages have all white backgrounds with checkerboard borders or animal motifs. Most characters are whimsical animals with human expressions and human stances. An example of the illustrations spontaneous visual surprise is page 10. A full page in yellow surrounds an oval scene. The scene has a diagonal powder blue horizon touching a mellow green earth, and two bunnies tumbling along the diagonal horizon with a green pail in the air. Big pink bunny feet and pink ears push out in contrast, adding to the circular falling motion within the oval at the center of the yellow page. Verses across the top and bottom lock the scene in place. The book has a title page, index and table of contents. It has an attractive ¿taxi¿ yellow jacket with a dignified and content Mother Goose (full page) and four idyllic animals sitting on her back. In comparing both Mother Goose selections my preference would be the Iona Opie collection. I would want an edition that did not alter the verses. There are many more intriguing characters to watch as you read and listen to the nursery rhymes. Rosemary Wells¿s contrasting and vibrant color choices pull your eye right into the panel and visual literacy is instantaneous. Opie¿s book is more complex and can be used in response and retell activities as well as early writing projects in 1st and 2nd grade
Stephanyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is appropriate for first through third grades. There are a variety of rhymes that students can choose from, so they can read what they know and still have a challenge. The book has four chapters and features some classic rhymes such as Jack and Jill, Dickory Dickory and Pat a cake. There are many colorful pictures with a rabbit as the main character. These rhymes are also put in many different forms, for example there is a rhyme that is written around a picture of a moon.Uses in the classroom: - I would print out different formats that children can write their rhymes on and have then pick one (ex: rhymes all over the page, around the page, across or diagonal)- I would print out shapes such as circles and stars and have children write a rhyme around that shape- Free write, I would have children write a rhyme however they want to.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
This anniversary edition of My Very First Mother Goose for the very young child is enchanting. Though it differs from my image of Mother Goose books with different styles of illustrations, the use of a variety of little critters is charming. The book is sturdy and should withstand the rough handling that wee little hands can give a book turning pages and fingering the pictures. Some of the pages of illustrations are more appealing to me than others but all have a distinct charm. I particularly liked "Puffer-billies all in a row," "Little Boy Blue," "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon," "Pat A Cake," "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on.," and "The Brave Duke of York, he had ten thousand men..." Some of the rhymes are cut short in deference to the intended age of the audience. My Very First Mother Goose brings the beloved rhyming charm to the very young with lots of cute images to capture their attention and imagination. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate a review of my honest opinions which are freely given. Giveaway copy is provided by and directly to the winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago