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Mother Goose: The Original Volland Edition

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The classic Volland edition of Mother Goose makes a beautiful addition to any home library. Features more than 100 traditional rhymes, each accompanied by a full-page, full color illustration by Fredrick Richardson.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 29th 1988 by Derrydale (first published 1915)
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: My mother
Absolutely essential for any child's library. I was raised on this book since before I knew how to speak. Nursery rhymes are so incredibly powerful. You can walk up to almost any American and say,

"Little Jack Horner sat in a corner," and they will immediately respond, "Eating a Christmas pie." It's automatic.

It's a very universal thing in the U.S.A. (Can't make any comments about other countries re: Mother Goose.) I love it. And this collection (published in 1915) is the "real" version, in my m
Jul 30, 2008 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book has nearly every Mother Goose rhyme, from the blaringly familiar to the less known:

"I met a little old man
Who wouldn't say his prayers
I took him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs..."


"There was a man in our town
And he was wondrous wise
He jumped into a bramble bush
And scratched out both his eyes..."


"Ladybird, ladybird,
Fly away home
Your house is on fire
Your children will burn"

The art nouveau illustrations are equally mad - no chubby-cheeked Disney smiles here, but scream
Jun 21, 2009 Jillian rated it it was amazing
This is the version of Mother Goose I remember reading from as a very small child (aged 3-5). Although my copy was green...
I'd been looking for this book for years because the images just stayed with me. I'd read other versions from the library to my children, but it just wasn't the same. I didn't know the illustrator's name or else I would have gone out and purchased it. But...imagine my surprise (and delight!!) when I found it at a thrift shop. Now, I can read these rhymes to my children feeli
Skylar Burris
Dec 30, 2007 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I have an older, worn, hardback version of this that, as a child, I read incessantly, memorizing many of the rhymes. My preschool daughter now enjoys the same book, which I have kept all these years. Many of the rhymes are older, slightly unfamiliar (to modern kids) forms, and none of them make much of any sense to moderns any longer, but the rhyme still tempts the ear and the pictures still delight my daughter.
Jan 22, 2014 Elana rated it it was amazing
This was my grandfather's book. It was published in 1915. Some of the stories are so gruesome but others are very funny. I am thoroughly enjoying it, but not sure I will read it to my kids. I think it would give kids nightmares!
Rick Davis
Nov 21, 2010 Rick Davis rated it it was amazing
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This is the Mother Goose that I grew up on. It's also the best Mother Goose ever and deserves a billion stars. There is no possibility for disagreement on this point.
Rosemary Daly
Sep 27, 2012 Rosemary Daly rated it really liked it
What's not to love? Planning on using some of these traditional rhymes in my ESOL class to help with rhythm of speech and pronunciation.
There are some children's books from childhood that we girls find it really hard to give up. This is mine.
Oct 24, 2013 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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used in class to explain rhyming and short stories tall tales
Oct 17, 2012 B.B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-books
More good quality childhood nostalgic nursery rhymes. Yeah.
Lisa Astudillo
Feb 18, 2016 Lisa Astudillo rated it it was amazing
A wonderful addition to any home or school teachers' library, this book is incredibly powerful. It has nearly every Mother Goose rhyme from the familiar to unfamiliar. I grew up on these nursery rhymes and poems and used this book to teach English to many of my students to help with rhythm of speech and pronunciation. The full page illustrations by Fredrick Richardson that accompany the rhymes are beautiful and self explanatory. The target audience of this book is 3-8years olds, however adults o ...more
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