Sing a Song of Sixpence: A Pocketful of Nursery Rhymes and Tales by Jane Chapman delivers familiar verse and stories from "Jack and Jill" to "The Three Little Pigs." And although less cheerful standbys unfold with the likes of the old woman who "scolded [her children] soundly and put them to bed" in a tenement-like shoe, the tone remains largely light-hearted, and the illustrations cartoonish and bright. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Twenty-two familiar rhymes and three timeless stories frolic across the pages of this delightful volume. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" introduces young readers to the collection; "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" appropriately provides the benediction. Although collector and illustrator Jane Chapman interprets the rhymes and tales with some gender modifications, the basic themes are unchanged. The Little Red Hen labors alone and then revels in her creation; Little Miss Muffet is still eating dairy; and The Three Bears do not welcome Goldilocks with her destructive habits. However, the third little pig builds her house of bricks; The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe disciplines her rowdy brood by scolding, not spanking; and the Knave of Heats is a small boy who, apparently, did get a spanking for his theft. Children from varied ethnic backgrounds romp across the pages and mix easily with the adults necessary to unfold rhyme and story. Bright acrylic illustrations decorate each page creating harmony with the text. This new rendering of old favorites will be one that children choose again and again. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 6.
PreS-Gr 1-Twenty-two Mother Goose nursery rhymes and three stories make up this attractive addition to a very crowded field. The acrylic artwork is traditional; it interprets the rhymes in the expected way but is simply drawn, with child-friendly figures in a palette filled with primary colors and surrounded by white space. Lively youngsters of various races with petticoated dresses, overalls, and sneakers prance across the pages. The three tales, "The Story of the Three Little Pigs," "The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "The Story of the Little Red Hen" test no limits, but are charming and comforting in their familiarity. This is a book parents and children will enjoy sharing together over and over.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.