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The Real Mother Goose

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  31,107 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
For nearly a century, The Real Mother Goose has delighted young children!

For more than seventy-five years THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE has been delighting millions of children, and today the magic is as strong as ever. Heralded as the "standard" Mother Goose by parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians, this wonderful book with Blanche Fisher Wright's lively, colorful pictu
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Cartwheel (first published 1916)
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I have such heart felt memories of reading these poems to my boys. I'm giving it 5 stars for nostalga's sake.
Jan 28, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing
I have a very old copy of this book, given to me by my grandmother when I was 4 years old. I remember reading it.
Some of the first rhymes and songs a child hears are Mother Goose. We say them, we sing them to infants
and children, we play "Patty Cake.' Most children I have known know at least one Mother Goose story usually many. The pictures are lovely and small children often just sit and look at the pages. Mother Goose is an excellent way to introduce the language and reading to children.

Learning extention: See how many of the poems the children are familiar with. Form into groups and act out their favori
May 05, 2014 Jadedpsyche rated it really liked it
I grew up with this book, and it has a beautiful nostalgia for me. I remember sitting and looking at the pictures before I could really read, and learning to love fairy tales and nursery rhymes from it. Definitely a personal favorite.
Gina Saenz
Sep 17, 2013 Gina Saenz added it
Shelves: libs-642
Category: Mother Goose
Source: Kimmell

This book is full of the Mother Goose rhymes that I am most familiar with. Some of the poems are written with really old world words that some children may struggle with not only pronouncing, but understanding the meaning of. However, there are plenty of other poems that are catchy and easily readable. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. They look like someone read one of the poems and interpreted it in a drawing.
I'd have a little fun with this
Susan Mortimer
Nov 12, 2009 Susan Mortimer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages infant-6
Shelves: lis-565
This book was originally published in 1916, and there is good reason it is still in circulation today. Fisher Wright’s abundant illustrations of the close to 300 rhymes in this collection are both beautifully done and a great exploration for the little ones of times gone past. The gentle coloring helps to create a soothing look for the eyes, and children will have fun seeing how children of a different era dressed and played. Included are all of the Mother Goose rhymes that children still know ...more
Robin Hobb
I truly think the US would be a better place if every child received a copy of this by his/her first birthday. These nursery rhymes are the foundation of cultural literacy, and something we share with Great Britain as well. The rhythm of the little rhymes and the beauty of the language are something parents everywhere should share with their children. When I volunteer at schools, I'm always astonished at how many kids have no idea of this basic legacy of poetry. A must on my book shelf forever.
Sep 18, 2010 Lorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites from my childhood, so I had to buy it for my daughter's first Christmas in 1986. It is a treasure that will be shared in my home for a very long time. As a teacher I find more and more students are not familiar with nursery rhymes, which is troubling to me. I try to incorporate them throughout the year, either by just singing them to students or using them as teaching tools. A favorite activity of mine is to have students choose a rhyme and use a thesaurus to change a ...more
May 19, 2012 Flory rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
One of the first books I read over and over again with my boys. Now I'm reading it with my grandchildren.
They picked a pretty creepy way to represent Mother Goose. Apparently she's tiny, or steals enormous babies and rides a giant goose? I do like these illustrations, but they do begin to look very samey after a while. And Kaion has a point: they ALL have feverishly rosy cheeks.

Little Bo-Peep: so her sheep wondered away and then were mutilated and had their tales removed?
Little Boy Blue: slacking on the job.
Rain: I'd say the opposite for CA. Rain, Rain, come our way.
The Clock: I've got too many sma
Oct 23, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Jason by: Probably my mother
Shelves: 2011
Warning. This review will likely contain some pretty tasteless material because I'm just like that. Also, it's quote long.

So, how can I give five stars to a book about a bunch of silly rhymes? Because it's awesome! I remember enjoying these as a child, but I see most of them in a different light as an adult, especially an adult in the 21st century where some of the subject matter in some of these rhymes is seen in a negative light. Also, some words have different meanings after the passage of se
Oct 12, 2016 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
1. This book has not received any awards.

2. This is book can be used from preschool up til grade three.

3. This book is a classic tale of many nursery rhymes. The illustrations in this book are vibrant and full of color. The photos that go along with each rhyme really shows the main point of the rhyme it goes along with. The nursery rhymes are easy to remember and most of the time repetitive, which is good for readers who are just getting the hang of reading.

4. When I went to read this book many
Mackenzie Ford
Feb 16, 2016 Mackenzie Ford rated it it was amazing
Title: The Real Mother Goose
Author: Scholastic
Illustrator: Blanche Fisher Wright
Genre: Nursery Rhymes, Concept Book
Theme(s): Cooperation, Rhymes, Family, Poetry, Animals, Family
Opening Line/ Sentence:
Little Bo- Peep
Little Bo-Peep lost her sheep,
And cant tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,
And bring their tails behind them.

Brief Book Summary:
This book is a 128 page book filled with various nursery rhymes for young children. Some of these rhymes are very well kno
Oct 16, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
1. No award
2. Baby -3 yrs old
3. The Real Mother Goose is a collection of 50+ nursery rhymes varying from popular to average ones. There are short, medium and long lengths of the nursery rhymes. All the rhymes are in their original form without any special renditions.
4. This book has an outdated, old looking appearance which may not interest children as much compared to the newer books. I like how there are a bunch of nursery rhymes in its original form from popular to average. I enj
Carmen Revilla
Nov 03, 2016 Carmen Revilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhyming
This book is excellent for beginner readers.The colorful pictures make an enchanting introduction for very young children. Very nice book with rhymes for children. I loved this book because it's very interesting and fun to read aloud to children.
Nov 07, 2016 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nursery-rhymes

A classic composition of mother goose nursery rhymes that have been read for generations. These rhymes are ones many children should know coming into kindergarten or have some familiarity with. Great to start the day or to calm a class down.

This is a classic collection, that I and possibly many of my students will know. This would make phonic instruction a bit easier if they did because they already know the rhymes. This would allow them to disect the rhyme and focus on the sounds with greate
Mikey Briccetti
Oct 02, 2016 Mikey Briccetti rated it liked it
Shelves: nursery
1) No Awards
2) Appropriate Grade Levels: Pre-K to Kindergarten
3) Learn about the rhymes like Baa Baa Black Sheep and such. Rather than read the more recent or more known nursery rhymes, read a variety of rhymes from across time. Pictures to accompany some of the nursery rhymes help the readers picture what the rhymes might be talking about.
4) This book is filled with hundreds of nursery rhymes, some known to all and others some may not have known. The spacing between the titles of the rhymes are
Dalton Dettbarn
Oct 09, 2016 Dalton Dettbarn added it
Shelves: poetry
This was a little bit better because I recognize this one and was kind of interesting.
Sep 19, 2013 Cristina rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Assignment: Picture Book Project
Category: Mother Goose
Recommending Source:

Review: When I was a little girl, this was the collection of nursery rhymes that I have come to know and love. Mother Goose is a fictitious author often depicted as either an elderly woman from the country or as a goose wearing a bonnet. No author has been directly affiliated with being Mother Goose. Treasured by many, this all-time bestselling hardcover book is often reprinted and distributed
Ashten Wolff
Great book of small stories and lots of pictures.
Sep 27, 2011 Bea rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Perhaps a 1729 publication called "Mother Goose's Tales" indeed marks the origin of our modern Mother Goose, but "The Real Mother Goose" has become something epic in it's own right: Blanche Fisher Wright's 1916 illustrated collection of traditional nursery rhymes has thus far enjoyed 16 editions, spanning nearly 100 years of delighting and terrifying nursery school children across America. Large, open text stacks groups of nursery rhymes across each page; each open usually contains at least a ...more
Brigid McMenamin
Jun 07, 2016 Brigid McMenamin rated it liked it
Title: The Real Mother Goose Board Book
Author: Blanche Fisher Wright
Genre: Mother Goose
Theme: Nursery Rhymes, Poetry
Opening line/sentence:
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And cant tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,
And bring their tails behind them.
Brief Book Summary:
The book includes many common nursery rhymes for young children. Each page has a different nursery rhyme with a picture to represent it. It is in board book form so it is appropriate fo
Joelle Karlitz
Title: Hush Little Baby
Illustrator: Mother Goose
Genre: Nursery rhyme
Theme (s): Family
Opening Line/Sentence: Hush, little baby, don't say a word, Mama's going to buy you a mockingbird.
Brief Book Summary: This nursery rhyme is about how a mother, father, or teacher is trying to help their child or student fall asleep. It is used to help children lower their voices and listen to whoever is speaking. Other nursery rhymes in the book included different songs to sing children to bed or help them clea
Jessica Javier
Sep 18, 2016 Jessica Javier rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This book is very interesting for young children. This book have a lot of different stories which is good for children to not get bored and also is good for children to memorize the story. I also like the fact the some of the story are made as song things the children like because they can sing. I like the picture and colors of the book. Is great for children to view different characters.
Oct 15, 2008 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: lis565
Category: Picture Book, Mother Goose
Audience: Ages 4-8
Brief Description: Classic mother goose tales for young and old.

My Review: I vaguely remember this book from when I was younger. The version that I picked up is an anniversary edition. Many of the rhymes I remember but there are many that I do not. There is a table of contents that is nice if you have a child who wants to hear tale about food or animals in particular. What I also find quite brilliant is an alphabetical index in the back of th
Bryant Schumacher
Feb 10, 2015 Bryant Schumacher rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec-545-class-2
First published in 1916, The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright brings together a plethora of classics. From Jack and Jill, Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, to more obscure tales, the rhymes (or “rimes”) present easily digestible plays on words with fun, memorable qualities. Some are limericks, some are longer, but all are of a proper length for holding attention and memorization.

Wright’s illustrations are quaint, charming, picturesque, and delightfully old-fashioned. The quali
Hillary Forrest
Oct 07, 2013 Hillary Forrest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
I choose to view The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher as my online Mother Goose selection. Professor Kimmel was my recommending source and I viewed this book on the following site: I was attracted to this particular online book because of the fact it had a collection of traditional rhymes for children. However, it is a pleasant reading selection for people of all age. As I read the words page by page, I reminded of special childhood memories that were tucked away ...more
Vanessa Westen
Sep 18, 2016 Vanessa Westen added it
Shelves: poetry
Great Mother Goose poems for children. Good for a family atmosphere.
Stephanie Gamache
Mar 04, 2016 Stephanie Gamache rated it liked it
Recommended to Stephanie by: colleague
Shelves: etec-545-class-2
Wright (Illustrator), B. F. (1988). The Real Mother Goose. New York, NY: Checkerboard Press.
Target Audience: 4 – 10 years old

Mother Goose is a collection of poems which has not only been read to, and by, children for decades but has also been verbally shared generation after generation. Many of them I recalled from my own childhood though it was quite interesting to recall them differently than how they are written in this rather large compilation. While not every poem is illustrated, Blanche F
Dec 09, 2012 Evette rated it really liked it
Genre: Traditional
Title: The Real Mother Goose
Summary: This is a classic Mother Goose of traditional rhyming poems for children. The simple, yet unforgettable, poems make this book one that should be found on the shelves of any school library. The illustrations complement the simple poetry just enough to add to the richness of the text. Reading this book is like taking a step back into childhood. The reader will reminisce this timeless poetry while the opportunity to create new memories about th
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