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The Real Mother Goose

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  25,986 ratings  ·  186 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 pict
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Cartwheel (first published 1916)
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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
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.
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.
Susan Mortimer
Nov 12, 2009 Susan Mortimer rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Geneva Roberts
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
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
One of the first books I read over and over again with my boys. Now I'm reading it with my grandchildren.
Lynn Spencer
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
Kelsey Borchers
I really enjoyed reliving my childhood in reading this book. This is the classic Mother Goose book that I remember growing up with. Nursery rhymes are just as important today as they were years and years ago when the first Mother Goose book was written. Children often learn rhyme through their Mother Goose books. Therefore, it is important to have this type of book accessible to all children. The illustrations were beautifully done and enhance the text. The text in the book is easy for young lea ...more
Cynthia Housianitis
Picture Book Project

Category: Mother Goose


Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright, The Real Mother Goose is full of classic and traditional rhyming poems that have managed to captivate readers for hundreds of years. For the adult reader, these simple, yet unforgettable nursery rhymes takes one through old memories while taking a step back into childhood – in fact, I grew up with these rhymes and still have this book in my possession. The younger reader will be ab
Assignment: Picture Book Project
Category: Mother Goose
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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
Review: I really did not knew how many poems make up mother goose. I truly love how the pictures are back in the pilgrims ages. Also how the tone of the poem are very children like very playful like the kids would understand the language of the poem. Its kind of like the way kids talk when they are not being correct. I remember the pat-a-cake poem as a song even chant me and my cousin would do as a game with our hands

Poem: Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake
Baker's man
So I do, master
As fast as
Kimberly Werner
"The Real Mother Goose" Is a book of 15 nursery rhymes (folklore) for children up to 3 years old (nursery). The book contains classic verses such as, "Humpty Dumpty" and features large bright illustrations as well as very large font. This particular version of mother goose has been in print for almost 100 years and may seem a bit outdated to some, yet, classic to others. The old-style of language used is sometimes thought be confusing to some young readers; however, this is a book that parents o ...more
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 4

Review: The book the real mother goose is a book that is full of nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are good to teach children because they are simple stories and tales that the children will enjoy listening to. This book will teach the children what the different tales looked like and how they dressed in the tale. The book will also teach them some songs also like pat-a-cake

Learning Experience: After you read some of the nursery rhymes in the real mother goose book ask the children if they c
Laura Metts
I think that the illustrations are attractive to the young eye. This book bring back warm memories from my childhood because this book was once read to me by my parents, my teachers and myself. I plan to give a copy to my goddaughter soon. Great book I know it will enjoyed for many more years.

Blanche Fisher Wright is a children's book illustrator and author. She is best known as being the illustrator of The Real Mother Goose, originally published in 1916.
Jessie Jang
This book has a lot of nursery rhymes that kids can memorize and be able to know it by heart. Also I liked the rhymes that this book had when I was a kid and it reminded me of the old days when I first read the rhymed form this book. Also that he more kids read the rhymes that are in this book they tend to remember it later on in life or when they get older.

Learning Experience
I would give children some words and we would do a rhyming game.
Originally published in 1916, "The Real Mother Goose" was a staple in our grandmother's home from the first child to the current great-great grandchild. The illustrations take us back to a time,, long, long ago when everything just seemed to rhyme. The rhymes address virtually every aspect of everyday life.

Learning Extensions: Susan Lunsford describes learning goals for Mother Goose. These are to answer comprehensive questions, explore rhyming and nonsense words,feel the beat and rhythm of lang
Brittany Davis
Picture Book Log
Title: The Real Mother Goose
Author: Blanche Fisher Wright
Category: Mother Goose
Source: Online Selection

The Real Mother Goose held all of the nursery rhymes I grew up saying. I used to have a large book that was very similar to this style and it had 365 mother goose rhymes, one for each day. I did enjoy the online version of this as it was easy to navigate, zoom in and there were images to supplement the rhymes. Even with the great additions of an onl
When I bought this book a few days ago, wanting to re-read some of Mother Goose fine works, I never thought I'd be reading works originally thought to be other authors' words. Who knew that the 30 days Hath September poem was a Mother Goose poem?...Or even try one of the many others here. Although some of these I don't recall from hearing during my childhood, I'm glad I was able to read more works by this fine author.
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