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My Very First Mother Goose (Mother Goose Series)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  618 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Divided into four sections, this anthology contains more than 60 of the most colourful and best-loved nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty and Hey Diddle, Diddle. These are illustrated with watercolour pictures of distinctive characters - rabbits, cats and mice - by Rosemary Wells.
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published September 2nd 1996 by Walker Books Ltd (first published 1996)
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Oct 26, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both my little boys have loved this book. And it's one of the most often requested books in our house by my youngest boy right now.

It has many of the classic nursery rhymes in it, and the illustrations are fun and friendly, with plenty of things to point at and talk about to younger kids. "Can you see an Egg?" "Which one is the pink pig?"

I never had this as a kid, and I wouldn't have known about it if it hadn't been given to me as a gift. But now I consider it to be an essential part of any kid
Oct 12, 2008 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Picture book - Mother Goose
For toddlers & up

More than sixty Mother Goose rhymes are presented in chapters and illustrated with Rosemary Wells' familiar style.

This book has single-handedly turned me into a Rosemary Wells fan. Her recognizable chubby rabbits are perfectly at home in the world of Mother Goose; as Iona Opie says in her introduction, "her illustrations exactly reflect Mother Goose's many moods: glumpish, her animals look wickedly askance at the world; happy, they almost dance off
Amanda Kolb
Title: My Very First Mother Goose
Author: Iona Opie
Illustrator: Rosemary Wells
Genre: Book of nursery rhymes
Theme(s): Rhythm, music, songs, short story
Opening line/sentence: Jack and Jill went up the hill fetch a pail of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.
Brief Book Summary: This book is a collection of commonly known nursery rhymes. They’re all about a page long and include a simple illustration somewhere on the page that fits in with that rhyme. Each rhyme is
Leigh Isley
Genre: Fairy Tale, Folk Tales, poetry

This a great first Mother Goose book for toddlers, although kind of big to hold on their own it would be great for mother/daughter or father. Words and rhymes are magical for small children. This book is divided into chapters by tales. This would make any toddler feel big and older because of the chapter listing. The chapters are Jack and Jill, Hey Diddle, Diddle, Little Jumping Joan, and The Moon Sees Me. I enjoy rhyming books and so do my primary students,
Sadie Tucker
A compilation of traditional nursery rhymes. The illustrations are typical of Rosemary Wells, featuring animals and humans alike. A large book with large illustrations, it is appropriate for both story time (not to be read cover to cover, of course!) and lap time. The book's organisation is a bit odd. It has a table of contents that is divided into chapters, but the rationale behind them is unclear. There is a first line index in the back for readers looking for specific rhymes, but no point of ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Very First Mother Goose, edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells is a great version of Mother Goose stories. In the in the introduction, Opie writes, "I firmly believe that Rosemary Wells is Mother Goose's second cousin and has inherited the family point of view." The stories are enacted by Wells' colorful animal characters, which we recognize from some of her other books. Wells reminds me of Sandra Boynton in that respect.

My 2 and 4 year old girls enjoyed this book during o
Wonderful large words and pictures makes this a delightful compilation to share!
Apr 20, 2015 Mandee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part I
Rhyme Answer or completion Anthology/Page

In what rhyme is the hour of one o' clock important?

Hickory, Dickory Dock

The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright pg. 125

Child Craft Vol. 1 Once Upon a Time, pg. 11

Mother Goose a Collection of Classic Nursery Rhymes Selected and Illustrated by Michael Hague, pg. 26

When we ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, what are we going to buy?
A Galloping Horse

A penny white loaf, a penny white cake, a two penny apple pie.

Century Co. , The Ce
Rachael Stein
Oct 21, 2013 Rachael Stein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to recommend this book to someone and realized that I should probably write a little review of it.

Want to raise a reader? Read that kid some Mother Goose. Nursery rhymes hit all the early literacy high points, but most notably phonological awareness and vocabulary.

Want to choose an excellent Mother Goose collection? Here it is. Iona Opie is the scholarly queen of nursery rhymes. This collection has many of your old favorites as well as some delightful obscurities. Rosemary Wells' wry, f
Nov 28, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: My Very First Mother Goose
Genre; folktale, poem
Summary: A collection of light hearted nursery rhymes that have a sing-a-long and reflect occurrences in daily life.
A. Critique focuses on the content of these rhymes.

B. The appeal of Mother Goose stories are their use of flowing rhyming poems that read like songs while containing silly meanings. Nevertheless, the poems are catchy, fun to sing along with, and are appealing to children, and I believe is a good vehicle to draw children into rea
Natalie Varnell
Genre: Mother Goose
(referenced on page 240 of text The Joy of Children’s Literature)
Summary: This is a collection of the many delightful classic nursery rhymes that generations have come to know and love. In My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells compiles nursery rhymes from page 8 all the way to page 105. This book is packed full with fun silly little stories in rhyme and illustration(s).
a) The strongest element of My Very First Mother Goose is the extensive collection of nurs
Sara Hannon
1. Picture book/Mother Goose

2. A collection of Mother Goose rhymes accompanied by nice, simple illustrations.

3. Like "Here Comes Mother Goose", I do not understand the chapter structure. What I like about this book more so than "Here Comes Mother Goose" is the illustrations. Though they are simple, they seem less restricted by the page and defined picture areas. They seem to lack borders and interact with the text more which I think is much more fun for a children's book. One example is in "Jack
Sep 20, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poetry review:

This book is a great collection of nursery rhymes. It contains sixty eight different poems. Some of these are very well known such as "Pat-a-cake", "Hey Diddle, Diddle", and "Star light, Star Bright". It is broken down into four chapters beginning with "Jack and Jill" and ending with "The Moon Sees Me".

The age group of this book is nursery. Children in this age group would really enjoy this book because of the rhymes and the rhythms of the poems. They could memorize the poems and
1. Genre: Mother Goose
2. Summary: This book is a compilation of nursery rhymes and tales, from Jack and Jill to The Moon Sees Me, which are accompanied by larger than life illustrations. The editor assembled these rhymes and tales into fours chapters in the book.
A. Area of Comment: Illustrations
The illustrations of Rosemary Wells in this book are fabulous and each picture captures the tone and mood of each rhyme.
B. Rosemary Wells’ pictures capture what is being said in each nursery rhyme and com
Steven Reid
Nov 26, 2012 Steven Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
1. Genre: Mother Goose
2. This book is a collection of Mother Goose rhymes with illustrations done by Rosemary Wells, following the theme of her previous children's books.
3a. Author Qualifications
3b. Rosemary Wells has written and illustrated over 100 books, winning many awards throughout her career. Some of her most famous illustrations include Max & Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko, all of which provide inspiration for her illustrations of these Mother Goose rhymes. Wells has a strong background
Davina Cuffee
Nov 07, 2011 Davina Cuffee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Picture Book-Mother Goose

2. This Mother Goose book is filled with over 50 famous nursery rhymes. This book provides hours of entertainment for young children.

3a. Individualized illustrations; chapter style

3b. The illustrations for each nursery rhyme looked as if they were drawn by different illustrators which is really good. This provided individuality for each nursery, and would make any reader see the nursery rhyme in the picture. The chapter style of the book was also interesting. There ar
1. Mother Goose Picture Book
2. Sixty-eight mother goose rhymes are compiled in this colorfully illustrated children’s book.
3. A. Illustrations
B. The illustrations are complimentary to the text. For non-readers this can help them predict/ understand the text as someone reads to them. Many animals and the occasional human are used to exemplify each nursery rhyme. The uses of many colors (primary, secondary, and tertiary) bring vibrancy to the well known rhymes.
C. The illustrations compliment the t
Amanda Toombs
Genre: Picture Book—Mother Goose

Summary: As students are familiar with rhymes such as Jack and Jill, and Hey Diddle, Diddle, this book goes into more detail showing a variety of rhymes in 108 pages.

a. The chapter layout

b. This book shows 4 chapters at the beginning of the book. The chapters itself are broken down into many rhymes. In some chapters, there are different riddles on each page. You open the book thinking the first chapter will be about Jack and Jill but later you find ou
Stacey Borror
Nov 05, 2012 Stacey Borror rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kimmel’s Pick
Genre – Mother Goose

A collection of Mother Goose stories can be found in this book accompanied with beautiful colorful illustrations to captivate any child. The poetic nursery rhymes and sing song stories will have any young one clapping along and bouncing as they are first introduced to the joy of stories and reading.

A) Illustrations and Word Choice
B) Bright colorful illustrations captivate the reader while the singsong or rhyming rhythm of the story and words engage causin
Nov 28, 2011 Jeannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Citation: My Very First Mother Goose, Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells (illustrator), Candlewick Press, 1996, 105p. Picture Book/Mother Goose

Genre: Mother Goose Book

Summary: This wonderful serving of nursery rhymes has a picture book feel, with its large typeface, narrative style, and full page illustrations that challenge our traditional interpretations.

Critique: a. One of the things I like most about this book is how its illustrations add a twist to the norm. The illustrations make what would be tr
Nov 27, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Genre: Mother Goose
2. These time-tested nursery rhymes are presented in a simplified version with full page illustrations and shorter verse.
3. Critique:
a. Area for Comment: Ease of Use
b. I know that is a strange feature to comment on, but I loved the fact that the book’s index was ordered by the first lines of the nursery rhymes! So often we can recall the first lines of these song-like poems, but cannot remember the exact title. This makes it easy to find your favorite ones! Aside from this,
Nov 25, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1) Genre: Picture Book/Mother Goose

2) This is an impressive compilation of various Mother Goose rhymes accompanied by simple, but beautiful illustrations.

3) Critique:

a) The best part of this book was how simple, but appropriate the illustrations are as an accessory to the text.

b) Since Mother Goose rhymes are often very simple and direct, I couldn’t help but notice how well the illustrations portrayed this conciseness. In addition, Mother Goose rhymes are often read to a younger child who ma
Jerri Miller
1. Picture Book- Mother Goose

2. This is a lengthy compilation of some of the many loved nursery rhymes that are a staple in small children’s literature. You may even find several you have never heard before!

3. a. Illustrations
b. The illustrations in this book are interesting and I am still debating as to whether or not I feel they “work” for the text. I like the fact that they bring to life animal fantasy with the use of rabbits, cats, bears and other animals. With nursery rhymes I feel as tho
Jenna Satcher
Oct 15, 2012 Jenna Satcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: critiques
1. This book belongs to the Mother Goose category.

2.Iona Opie compiles more than sixty of the most beloved nursery rhymes in this book which are illustrated with detail and originality by Rosemary Wells. The book is divided into four chapters of nursery rhymes which encompasses rhymes from Jack and Jill to Wee Willie Winkie.

3. Critique
A)The watercolor illustrations in this book are perfectly designed for the target audience, young readers, to appreciate.

B)The choices Wells made as the illustra
Dec 08, 2012 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Opie, Iona. My Very First Mother Goose. (Candlewick Press, 1996) p. 104 Mother Goose

Summary – A compilation of 68 Mother Goose rhymes that are sure to please small children. This collection contains many unfamiliar rhymes; however, each page has simple text with beautifully illustrated pictures that are sure to hold any toddler’s attention.

Critique – format of the book

(B)As a child I loved Mother Goose and nursery rhymes, so I couldn’t wait until I could share this experience with my children.
Cheryl Wright
Oct 12, 2012 Cheryl Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Genre: Mother Goose
2. Summary: From Jack and Jill to Jack be Nimble, this children’s book is a collection of many well-known Mother Goose nursery rhymes that many of us grew up learning.
3. Critique:
(a) Illustrations
(b) The watercolor pictures complement the text and are displayed neatly on each page. Many of the pictures are surrounded by lots of space which is perfect for young eyes as they focus on the details within the images.
(c) This can be seen on page 34 with the nursery rhyme Hey
Wallace Johnson
Oct 13, 2012 Wallace Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: I placed this title in my reading log under Mother Goose Picture Books.

Summary: A large assortment of nursery rhymes for all to enjoy, from young to old.

(a.) The captivating illustrations in this book are not only beautiful, but bring these rhymes to life.

(b.) Starting with Little Jumping Joan on page 59, the illustrator places her jumping over the ocean waves as she is being following by a flock of birds. The different shades of blue help bring out the bright yellowish colors
Jacob Combs
Jun 23, 2013 Jacob Combs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a father, I think I've read Mother Goose rhymes probably ten thousand times over the years. We've checked many Mother Goose books out of the library, but this is the one we own. We return to it time and time again for several reasons. First, it's big, which I really like because it means that I don't have to read the same rhymes night after night. There's lots of room to poke around. I really like Opie's selection of rhymes. She's left out some of the grimmest, which makes the book appropriat ...more
May 21, 2010 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
We first read this when Logan was turning 3 and he liked it then, but we keep coming back to it. Iona Opie (and her husband Peter) is a well-known and powerful scholar and collector of children's literature. (as a side note, the couple started The Iona and Peter Opie Library of Children's Literature, which is dedicated to republishing lost or forgotten works like Jules Verne's "Adventures of the Rat Family. But I digress.) And Rosemary Wells is one of our favorite illustrators. Although Opie's v ...more
Erica Nicol
Feb 13, 2012 Erica Nicol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book available to introduce little ones to nursery rhymes. Iona Opie has applied, to good effect, her extensive background in nursery rhymes to the selection, organization, and text of the rhymes in this volume. And Rosemary Wells' colorful, varied, and exuberant illustrations make the rhymes all the more fun and accessible to young readers.

Like most collections of traditional rhymes, this is not without it's problem spots. While I particularly like the bright, funny, more cont
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