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Marguerite De Angeli's Book of Nursery & Mother Goose Rhymes

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
One of the finest nursery rhyme books ever. Several beautiful color illustrations and many, many pencil illustrations: 192 pages of rhymes. I doubt there is any you can name that are not included.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 23rd 1954 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (first published 1954)
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Dec 09, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-books
K-6th grades
Marguerite DeAngeli does such a wonderful job of compiling this awesome book of poems and rhymes. This book would appeal to anyone who has a fondness of poetry and nursery rhymes. This large book is full of words that use a musical and rhythmic patterns. It has all the elements of poetry, including rhyme, alliteration, assonance, and consonance. The book also has free verse as well as non verse. The text is slightly small, but many of the pages are covered with negative space, leavi
Mar 16, 2015 Stefanie rated it it was ok
I was reading this, pretty bored by ninety percent and remembering the other ten percent from my childhood in some amusement until I got to the following rhyme:

A woman, a spaniel, and walnut tree,
The more you beat them the better they be.

Jun 24, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
I do not like the, Doctor Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell;
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

I was given this book for Christmas of 1971, when I was “every so much less than twenty”. I loved it then, and was glad it hadn’t disappeared into one of my parents’ many yard sales. But it was about to, so I grabbed it for my own library. I remember being fascinated by both the arcane rhymes and the strange illustrations.

This is a book of real nursery and Mother Goose
Mar 15, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
Illustrations were okay. Had a huge number of rhymes, some of which I didn't realize were Nursery/Mother Goose rhymes, (fox went out on a chilly night, froggy went a courtin')
Alison Stahl
Jun 08, 2008 Alison Stahl rated it it was amazing
My very first book!
Jun 24, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
A big book of nursery rhymes (some familiar, some not) with pencil illustrations, some in color. The sheer volume of rhymes included in this volume is impressive, but the formatting was a bit strange. The rhymes were arranged all over the pages. There was a small duck illustration (perhaps Mother Goose?) that seemed to serve as a visual barrier between rhymes, but more than once I found myself following the wrong path while reading and had to backtrack a little for things to make sense. There wa ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes by Marguerite de Angeli (1954), a Caldecott Honor book, is an anthology of 376 rhymes with more than 260 beautiful illustrations for children of all ages. This is the most complete and traditional collection of nursery and Mother Goose rhymes, but it is not arranged in chapters. Throughout the book can be found examples of all poetic devices – alliteration, consonance, assonance and repetition, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper” (69), imagery, l ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
Whoa! This isn't the best or the worst Caldecott, but at 188 pages it sure is the longest. And I finished it! It nonetheless is a treasure for all the rhymes gathered together in this anthology. I remember some of them from my childhood, while some are complete strangers and others are dark and/or weird. The illustrations feel like they're from a different era, which fits the book, but they aren't an asset to the reading. My favorite illustrations accompany "Old Mother Hubbard." Favorite rhyme i ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-folklore, j-poetry
In this massive anthology, I counted 382 nursery rhymes and songs; but the index has 402 entries; some are only a few lines long and some are more than a dozen stanzas. I believe that all of these nursery rhymes are from England or English-speaking countries. The book is filled with De Angeli's black and white drawings and occasionally, a full color painting. They depict people and places from the 1800s and earlier times. Most of the scenes are rural, with a few of towns thrown in. Her drawings ...more
Gisela Hernandez
May 16, 2012 Gisela Hernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book, it made me laugh a bit, there were times that I had to read some of the poems to one of my roommates. Then there were some poems that I thought that were not very nice especially for children, I do not know the name of the poem but it was about one bird killing another bird and different birds were doing to do different things, like an owl was going to dig the Robin's grave, a fish was going to get the bird's blood and so on. It was a poem that I do not know how I feel a ...more
Ellen Allerton
Best most inclusive Nursery Rhyme book around. Excellent first line index included within the general index. Classic illustrations and a good place to for the original form of nursery rhymes.
Amy Foster
Oct 14, 2014 Amy Foster rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott-books
The illustrations are classic and lovely but dull compared to today's standards. The Ryhmes are a nice collection and might have been more exciting to encounter when this book was first published.
I will admit since this is my 3rd out of 4 Nursery and Mother Goose books I’m having to read for the Caldecott Challenge, that I skimmed this one. It was massive, for a children’s book, at 192 pages! This book won a 1955 Caldecott Honor and I knew the illustrator because of her book Yonie Wondernose (which I rather enjoyed), that had won Caldecott Honor exactly ten years prior. I thought they were a delightful mix of black & white small pencil-drawn illustrations and full-color single page i ...more
This book was going to get two stars because it isn't bad (could use some organization) but not really my cup of tea. Then I found this:

They that wash on Monday
Have all the week to dry;
They that wash on Tuesday
Are not so much awry;
They that wash on Wednesday
Are not so much to blame;
They that wash on Thursday
Wash for shame;
They that wash on Friday
Wash in need;
And they that wash on Saturday,
Oh! they're sluts indeed.

Which made me laugh out loud, which I really needed and if there is another meanin
Cute book for younger children
1955 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The black and white illustration for Little Bo-Peep

Kid-appeal: This is a giant volume at close to 200 pages that packed with lots of familiar and many lesser known rhymes will most likely enchant young readers. Each page has lots of illustrations either larger sketches, or smaller ones interspersed with the text. A few color plates are scattered throughout, but I actually prefer her black and white sketches. I think this would make a lovely gift for a y
Ashle Oaks
Feb 19, 2014 Ashle Oaks rated it liked it
It's a wonderful collection of old nursery rhymes. The illustrations are okay. The biggest problem that I have with this book is the lack of organization with the layout of the pages and within the entire book in general. While there are many nursery rhymes that would be great to read to children, there are a few that are not appropriate for little children.
Megan Simon
I liked most of the nursery rhymes, familiar and unfamiliar. For the most part however, I do not think it is appropriate for children-which is strange because mother goose and nursery rhymes are supposed to be for young children
1955 Caldecott Honor

3 1/2 stars

I really, really liked these drawings. And it was fun reacquainting myself with nursery rhymes from my childhood. ..a lot of favorites. AND this is my favorite nursery Caldecott.
A large book with plenty of nursery rhymes, spread out over the pages. The pictures are quite old-fashioned and many are not in color. This is definitely an older book, and it may not appeal to some kids today.
Sep 12, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it
Have a first edition copy of this book signed by the author in 1959. Remember reading it as a kid and I do love the nursery rhymes. It's a great book for kids.
Jun 18, 2016 Siskiyou-Suzy rated it did not like it
I loved the introduction -- not so much the rest of it. The illustrations were sparing and for the most part not too nice to look at.
Katie Fitzgerald
Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #79:
Jul 23, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Quite a fun collection of nursery rhymes - I ran into a good handful I'd never heard before as well as many familiar favorites.
Jan 28, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary
Reading it to my babies is a joy!
May 03, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, favorites
My favorite nursery rhyme book.
May 31, 2011 Mckinley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, poetry, caldecott
A classic!
Caldecott honor.
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