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The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,055 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Here is part of America's heritage -- gay verses beautifully illustrated by famous artists. "The rooster crows and away he goes", pictured on the jacket, is only one of these well-known nursery rhymes, counting-out games, skipping-rope songs, finger games, and other jingles beloved by American children for generations. They come from collections all over America, so you ma ...more
ebook, 64 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1945)
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The 1946 Caldecott winner is a really lovely book. On first glance it might seem too "old-fashioned" for today's readers but I think it still has a lot to offer. In fact, I was completely surprised to find that my one-year-old son was really drawn to the illustrations. He loves pictures with animals and nature. He even pointed at the trees in the illustrations and then at the trees outside, which he had never done before. I love the illustrations! It is interesting to hear some new verses, and t ...more
Aug 17, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
We loved this book for many reasons. The old-fashioned pictures were beautiful and reminded me of some of my books from my childhood so I can completely agree with the Caldecott award given to this book. The book is full of jingles and rhymes and so many of them brought back memories from when I was a kid. Playing jump rope, choosing a team captain, and playing different types of pat-a-cake (what WAS this called that us girls did? Sitting on the play ground hitting each others hands to different ...more
Book Concierge
The subtitle is: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles. And that’s what it is, a collection of rhymes and jingles. Most were familiar to me from my childhood. There really is no story arc, though there is some effort to group them by categories, e.g. jokes/riddles. I’m not sure I would have sat still to have this read to me even as a young child.

The illustrations are wonderful, however. Very detailed and clearly support the rhymes and jingles. So 2 stars for that.

Dec 30, 2012 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of my favorite Caldecott winners! The illustrations are perfect and precious. It's all very cute-sy, but I love that. It's amazing how much a simple nursery rhyme can change since 1945, but it was great fun reading a previous version of many of them. My favorite would have to be:
"Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was black as tar.
And everywhere that Mary went
They thought it was a b-a-a-r."

Love it!
Tricia Douglas
I read this book for one of my GR's children's book clubs. It was a Caldecott winner in the year I was born and I remember having this book on my shelf as a child. It brings back special memories to me and I loved (and still do) the simple rhymes, jingles, and poems. I think every child should have a book like this to read and be read to. So many of these little ditties will be lost if we don't continue to recite them to our children and grandchildren. This collection of American counting rhymes ...more
First sentence: Here is part of America's heritage--gay verses beautifully illustrated by famous artists.

Premise/plot: The Rooster Crows is a Caldecott award-winner from the 1940s. It is a collection of poetry really. Rhymes and Jingles. Finger Games. Rope Skipping Rhymes. Counting-Out Rhymes. Games. Yankee Doodle.

I asked my mother for fifty cents
To see the elephant jump the fence.
He jumped so high
He reached the sky
And never came back till the Fourth of July.

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece wa
“Little Miss Muffet” and “Star Light, Star Bright,” come back to the memory as easily as “Roses are red, Violets are blue.” There are finger games that gives illustrations of how to play as one goes as followed: These are mothers knives and forks And this is mother's table. This is mother's looking glass And this is baby cradle. the rhyme has illustration so the reader can understand to put your hand together like a knife, and end with a cradle which helps kids and makes the book even more inter ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
This Caldecott winner has pretty good illustrations overall. One depicts some children w/wings on clouds, as though they are angels, which is not my favorite subject for an illustration since it's contrary to the Bible, so that's a discussion point. There are a few love/romantic themes I might want to discuss in some of the rhymes, but nothing really out of the ordinary -- typical silly nursery rhymes. This is a short collection with variety, but it includes classics, some with a slightly differ ...more
Kristine Hansen
Some of these rhymes were new to me, most weren't. I remember the jump rope rhymes though they weren't even used much when I was a kid. Liked the illustrations but wasn't sure what to make of the cross look or grumpy look on most of the faces. Kind of liked that no one had plastic smiles but more 'real' expressions. Was fun to see the old-fashioned clothes and settings. Overall, it was a fun book though maybe not the greatest for reading aloud on some of those as they just don't make sense out o ...more
Aug 24, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can find room for another book of nursery rhymes.

Especially this one. The artwork is interesting, and not all of the rhymes are going to be familiar to you and your child.

Anybody looking for another rhyme to bounce a kid to or to recite or sing to shut them up, you can't spend a better $10 than on this book.
wonderful rhymes - what a perfect gift book! there isn't a white new mother that wouldn't love it!
The only negative? being as it was done in the 1940s none of the beautiful illoes have non-white people in them.

one question does anyone know what this poem means?
"A knife and a fork!
A bottle and a cork!
that's the way to spell New York."
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I need to figure out how to incorporate this one into the curriculum. So many of my ELL's have no clue of these traditional rhymes and yet there are references throughout our language and language arts curriculum.
Mar 02, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Caldecott
Shelves: caldecott
I really liked this book and laughed through almost all of it. My mom enjoyed telling me some of the different versions of the rhymes that she knew.
Gabbie Capote
This book is just a bunch of jingles and rhymes. For each independent rhyme and jingle there is a separate image. The longer the rhyme or jingle the more there is to the picture, the smaller the rhyme or jingle the smaller the image. There isn’t very much color jut some browns, grey, blue, yellow, and greens. The images basically just reinforce the jingle or the rhyme. There is good detail in the images, doesn’t need much color to show that it is well drawn and detailed. There facial expressions ...more
Feb 25, 2017 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would assume that these authors eavesdropped on my childhood and then wrote it down. It was so much fun to read.
Feb 22, 2017 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book of rhymes! There were numerous rhymes that I could remember from when I was little.
I'm very tempted to give this one star. It wasn't the non-PC rhymes that put me off. 3 years of showing and singing some of these very rhymes to my son, I'm aware that they are really blood-thirsty. Some of them have nonsense words, and I'm fine with that too. But the thing that put me off was the illustrations. I know I'm in the minority in this, but there was something very unwholesome about the kids. The girls were mostly fine - demure, but fine, but I'm not sure what it was about the boys, b ...more
Feb 14, 2017 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott
I thought I was going to give this a 2, but by the end it had won me over to a 3. Many of the rhymes are new to me and some of the illustrations really add to the meaning of the rhyme. I just wish more of the illustrations had been done in brighter colors!
Mar 28, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"As sure as the vine
Twines 'round the stump
You're my darling sugar lump."

The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

This book is one of the best at gathering common American nursery rhymes from yesteryear and compiling them into a solidly relevant collection. These kinds of nursery rhymes never really lose their power to influence the minds of the young, and because of that they are a significant shaping factor to the world in which we live. In this particular compilation, the
Oct 29, 2011 Lafcadio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a large collection. This is a strange collection. This is not a well-edited collection.

Nursery rhymes and jingles should have a rhyming quality and a meter to them. Many of these have a lovely repetitive meter and rhyme for two or three lines, and then fall flat. The last line doesn't rhyme and doesn't have enough syllables. Much of reading this book felt like rapidly changing the radio station mid-song.

Some of the rhymes I recognized, with slightly different words. I can get behind sli
This 1946 Caldecott Medalist is a treasure trove for anyone interested in stepping back into parts of American history through the games and jingles that were popular several decades ago. It's interesting to note how some of them have changed a great deal while others have not, and some are still in favor while others have been relegated to the past. The book is divided into Rhymes and Jingles, Finger Games, Rope Skipping Rhymes, Counting-Out Rhymes, Games, and Yankee Doodle. Filled with a pleth ...more
The illustrations in The Rooster Grows definitely supported the text by being a reflection of the American rhymes and jingles. Each short rhyme and jingle had its own illustration that helped to establish a setting and define its characters. The dress, hairstyles, and the backgrounds surrounding the characters really solidified the time period that the rhymes originated from. Examples that highlighted the time frame of these rhymes included little details such as the characters wearing bonnets, ...more
Alicia Singleton
This book carries a collection of well over fifty nursery rhymes, riddles, jump rope rhymes, jingles and hand games. The colors were soft and light as if they were drew and colored with color pencils. While there were many rhymes, riddles, and jingles, not all of them had an illustration to go along with them. Some had a half a page of text with no picture and some had a line of text with a picture. The author and the illustrator seemed to have chosen the text that were better explained by both ...more
This book won the 1946 Caldecott medal, which makes me wonder how bad the other books of this year were for this to win. The only reason I didn't give this one star was because I liked the illustrations. The rhymes were primarily nursery rhymes which mostly didn't originate in America, but rather in England. I'd never heard of most of the counting rhymes and they butchered "Ring around the Rosy." I didn't care for their selection as most were odd or morbid. Recommended for ages 3-6, 2 stars.

Jamie Singer
The Rooster Crows by Maud and Miska Petersham is very spcial because it includes rhymes and jingles. A lot of books these days no longer includes these types of stories. One famous saying from the book is how much wood would a woodchuck chuck The selections are categorized under rhymes and jingles, finger games, rope skipping rhymes, counting-out rhymes, games and Yankee Doodle. The illustrations in this book are important in my opinion to understanding the point of the rhymes and jingles. The i ...more
Brooke Whitney
Feb 12, 2016 Brooke Whitney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
The Rooster Crows, written by Maud and Miska Petersham, is an interesting book because it is not like any other children’s book you may be familiar with. This book consists of rhymes and jingles that are customary to many childhood memories. With each rhyme and jingle, the animated voice comes alive. As I was reading each one of them, I would catch myself signing or humming them instead of reading them. Each rhyme and jingle is accompanied by illustrations, but I don’t think they are as helpful ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rooster Grows:
My personal reaction to this book was I love the natural rhymes and how throughout the book tells rhymes and jingles, finger games, rope skipping rhymes, counting-out rhymes, games, and Yankee Doodle. For example, under games,
“Ring around a’ rosies,
Pocket full of posies,
Sweetbread, rye bread,

The purpose of the would be a read aloud for K-1 children. Each start of a poem starts with a capital letter. This book is full of rhymes that enhance the meaning and keep the chil
Dione Basseri
You can tell it's a 1960's book because there's dozens of children and not a non-white child to be seen. I know that, at the time of publishing, there probably would have been MORE controversy if there was a mixing of races in this book, but in the modern day, for a modern purchase, you don't get that excuse. No, not every book has to be a rainbow of diversity, but this many people who are only white would raise some eyebrows.

And the thing is, nothing in this book is copyrighted. A new illustrat
Alana looked at me around the half-way point with a look on her face like, "what in the name of Batman are you READING to me, mom?"

I guess this book would be entertaining if you were familiar with the rhymes and jingles - I knew a few. But when you are reading out loud complete none sense like:

"ABCD goldfish? LMNO goldfish? OSAR goldfish."

You start to feel like your patient 3-year-old is going to loose it and so are you.

What does that goldfish jingle even mean?? What a weird compilation of po
Emily Wright
Feb 24, 2015 Emily Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response- I know many of these poems and remember these from when I was a child. My family used to read these to me and I grew up hearing many of them. This book is a great collection of American rhymes and poems that every child should know.
Purpose- Pre-K through 3
This book of poems would be great for students that are learning about American history and certain poems in the book could be used for beginning lessons. The word choice is rich and there will be words that childre
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Sugar's sweet and so are you.
If you love me as I love you,
No knife can cut our love in two.
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As long as pussy has a tail.”
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