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The Real Mother Goose

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,078 Ratings  ·  220 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.
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
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.
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
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 t ...more
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
Mar 12, 2016 ALB rated it really liked it
CSULB 545 Class 2: Picture Book - Mother Goose

Wright, Blanche Fisher, Illus. The Real Mother Goose. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1977.

Blanche Fisher Wright’s 1916 illustrations of Mother Goose nursery rhymes so easily evoke another time, as do the rhymes themselves. The softly colored images of a time now more than two centuries ago are enduring and still a joy to flip through. The pages of this book are comforting, and feed into a nostalgia for a time neither parent nor child has known. There is no n
Marilin Equihua
Mother Goose

Wright, Blanche Fisher. The Real Mother Goose (2006)

Target audience: Ages 2-5

This Scholastic remake of the 1916 published version of The Real Mother Goose contains 100 of the most popular Mother Goose nursery rhymes, such as The Cat and the Fiddle and Humpty Dumpty. The rhymes are organized in four topics, including animal rhymes and bedtime rhymes. Each rhyme has an illustration that goes with it, which provides readers with a visual representation.
Illustrations: The illustration
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
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
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
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
Apr 07, 2016 Lule rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) No awards received.

2) Appropriate for children 3 years up to kindergarten.

3) The book has Mother Gooses classics starting with nursery rhymes, songs, riddles and so much more. The book is compact with traditional literature and illustrations. Mary has a Little Lamb is an example.

4) The author kept in mind how a child would interpret the story. The illustration's help tell the stories and the rhyming vocabulary will help children build on their phonological awareness.

- Able to introduce rh
Aug 11, 2015 Jasmine rated it did not like it
I was surprised by how much I did not like this book. I was also surprised by how many rhymes I had no idea about. Even the ones I THOUGHT I knew seemed a little off (I guess later renditions changed words/verses). Overall, I thought it was really boring and kinda dumb. We borrowed it from the library for SEVERAL weeks and in the end, I just skipped over to the rhymes that I (kinda) knew. Just not a whole lot of relative substance in this one, but I guess it might be kind of interesting from a h ...more
Geneva Roberts
Feb 11, 2014 Geneva Roberts rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhyming
This book is full of nursery rhymes that most of us are all very familiar with. Some of the wording in the rhymes are very old and somewhat outdated to describe things in today's world such as "Cockle-shells" and "maids" in "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" and "Please Porridge" children will probably not know what porridge even is or that maids are what they used to say to describe a pretty lady but you could ask the children questions and inform them on the meanings. The illustrations are as classi ...more
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
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.
Mar 11, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
Wright, Blanche Fisher. The Real Mother Goose (1994). I don’t know if it’s just me, but nursery rhyme popular seem to have declined. They are strange and nonsensical to be sure, but they also help children to learn words and rhyme. This book brings the rhymes I remember from childhood and more - it is an encyclopedia of nursery rhymes. The illustrations are vintage in nature: interesting and fun but perhaps at times a tad creepy. Ah - a closer inspection on the title page reveals that it was ori ...more
Lynn Spencer
Aug 15, 2014 Lynn Spencer rated it it was amazing
I read some of these to my baby, and it's been a lot of fun. In case you wonder what is meant by the "real" Mother Goose, this is the old school, not-always-PC version of the traditional rhymes. IN many cases, such as with "Little Bo Peep", I've been finding that there are many verses beyond the simple few that I learned growing up. It's also been fun to learn that Mother Goose encompasses many more rhymes than I ever knew existed. A few of them are cringeworthy, but I'm pretty sure my 6 month o ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Brittany added it
Recommends it for: PreK and Up
"For ninety years, The Real Mother Goose has been delighting millions of young children. Now these enchanting verses are collected in a beautiful new anniversary edition. From "Little Bo-Peep" to "Jack and Jill," "Humpty Dumpty" to "The Old Woman in Shoe," all the familiar rhymes, riddles, and songs are here--along with Blanche Fisher Wright's beautiful illustrations," (Scholastic, 2014)

I think every student should have their nursery rhymes memorized. I feel I am a fantastic reader and I contrib
Yohan Choi
* Somewhat this book brought my childhood memory back that I have read this story few times. This famous book has translated into different languages, especially, Korean!

* The book contains with the familiar with rhymes, and good to learn new variety words for young readers.

* If I were a teacher, I can make some several activities regarding the book of the story with a prop, giant goose and create rhyming song or adopted song from children songs.

* I really like the colorful illustration from the
Charlotte Ballard

Took me back eighty my English child hood in South Africa. At first simply wanted the words or played the games,only later realized,the underlying ,folk tales and often outright cruelty, with his head,was a hanging ring a ring a rosaries,was small pox,but now at eighty,realize,it was children's way of dealing with reality and hope this continues forever.without being censored,so that new generations are aware of the world they live in,in reality,for good or bad
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
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 fu ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Jason by: Probably my mother
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
Jul 18, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Can you remember all the rhymes you learned in the nursery? Nope, me neither. So if you want to pass on that bit of childhood to your child, you probably need a book to do it. Also, you can't write altered nursery rhymes without first recalling the original. So whatever your reason, it is good to have at least one copy of Mother Goose.

I am very partial to Kate Greenaway's illustrations; however, I could not find that version when I was book shopping for my baby. Fortunately, I found Wright's ver
Crystal Lockhart
Oct 05, 2013 Crystal Lockhart rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
I read The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright as my Mother Goose choice. This book was a collection of the most well-known and some not so well-known nursery rhymes. There were dozens of dozens of rhymes all about different subjects, and fun cute ideas. This book really reminded me of my childhood and the wonderful nursery rhymes my mother use to read me. Some of my favorites are Little Bo-Peep, Little Jack Horner, and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.

It was really interesting to read these on
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
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
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