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Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  271 ratings  ·  77 reviews
This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes. It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, e ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sarah Sammis
Usually the illustrations in these nursery rhyme collections have dull, rathery samey, uninspired illustrations. Not here. These are works of art, done with naturally dyed wool, beads, buttons, lace and embroidery. They are amazing!

The poetry collection itself is a nice collection of things you'd expect to find as well as some ones you might not expect. Folk song fans will see some old favorites tucked in with the more traditional rhymes.

I borrowed this from the library but I would seriously lo
I love bringing a wide variety of nusery rhyme books to show the families who attend Infant Lapsit and Book Babies storytimes at our library. This one will be a hit, I'm sure. The illustrations are hand sewn and absolutely amazing.
This book contains classic nursery rhymes like “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The text is unchanged from the classic style, making this book a reassuring one to share with children. The surprise and wonder of the book is its illustrations. Done in fabrics and threads, the illustrations have a great dimensionality to them, lifting off of the page. There is also an almost irresistible urge to try to feel the fabric’s softness on some pages. If you look closely, you will find o ...more
Julie Rand
Even if you were not able to read the title the cover art of this picture book indicates it is a collection of nursery rhymes. The cover shows a number of characters from well known nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue and Mary with her lamb. What makes this book unique is the way the verses are illustrated: with small hand sewn dolls and animals, embroidered images of trees, insects and plants and the use of natural materials such as driftwood, acorn caps, shells, and stones.

Sara Check
1.This is a Mother Goose Rhyme Picture Book.

2.This is a compilation of classic nursery rhymes in addition to some that are not so well known told in a very unique, artistic way.

3.A. Salley Mavor’s talent shines through on each page of her “Rhyme Treasury”. There are sixty-four nursery rhymes with forty-seven different pieces of original artwork. This is truly a treasury of not only rhymes that have been handed down from generation to generation but a treasury of artistry that combines imaginatio
Emily Rogers
A Pocketful of Posies contains 64 classic nursery rhymes which vary in length from the two lined, “Here am I, Little Jumping Joan; When nobody’s with me, I’m all alone,” to the four quatrain stanzas that make up “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Mavor includes many familiar rhymes like Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?, Hey, diddle diddle, Little Miss Muffet, and Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, but leaves about a third of the collection to lesser known rhymes like, Jerry Hall, he is so smal ...more
Hillery Puente
I thought this book was different because pictures are prints of different figures and objects made out of cloth and fabric. I remember as a child I had many books full of nursery rhymes. If you're looking for a nursery rhyme book for your child then this is it! There are over sixty nursery rhymes that you and your child can read together. This book will bring you back to some of the old classics that you grew up with and you can share them with your children or students at home and in the class ...more
Jacob Combs
After reading this collection of nursery rhymes, illustrated by Salley Mavor I instantly flashed back to my childhood. This book is not only suitable for young children; it is also entertaining for adults. Mavor was very intricate with her style of illustrations. Each scene was embroidered and sewed onto the page then photographed. It took her almost a month to complete each scene! The classic nursery rhymes included in this book were very well selected. It's obvious the author tried to group si ...more
The artwork in this book was phenomenal, never have I seen a book illustrated in such a detailed way. Salley Mavor uses stitching, dyed wool, a variety of fabrics and colorful threads to bring classic nursery rhymes to life. These illustrations are so rare and beautiful it’s almost a guarantee to capture the attention of people all ages, from a child to an adult. Most of the nursery rhymes Mavor uses are those that older generations are familiar with. I think we can all agree that nursery rhymes ...more
There were a few rhymes in this book that I either didn't know, knew a slightly different version, or never considered a nursery rhyme when I was growing up (but can see that others might). I was wondering why a nursery rhyme book got into the Poetry nominations, but I believe it was mostly for the illustrations. What talent! All handmade. A felty-craft lover (like my sister-in-law) would love this. Such ideas it gives. I have no talent or patience for such work, so I admire it even more. Very f ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Marcie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marcie by: Horn Book
I'm glad this earned the Boston Globe-Horn Book honor. Things I noticed right away were the amazing artwork illustrations (great models for kid collage although the stitching is way beyond beautiful - what art teacher won't love this), the altering the Nursery Rhymes to make them gender neutral(Oh cool! said Don), and that the index of first lines included The - is this now the standard since it is how computers alphabetize? The layout is exceptional and I can see using it to teach tracking on p ...more
Kathy Kernan
A wonderful nursery rhymes book to own whether you have small children to read to or not. This book makes me want to order up a bunch of 100% wool felt to embroider and embellish. Here is the front cover excerpt: "Each rhyme has been lovingly stitched with rich fabric and colorful threads and exquisitely ornamented with everyday objects such as acorns, buttons, beads, driftwood, stones, and shells. Every gorgeous page is a true work of art. This will be a book to be pored over again and again an ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool - 1st, topicwise
Recommended to Jess by: revamping my 398s
A large collection (60 pages) of nursery rhymes.

We're here to talk about the illustrations for they make this particular collection special. Manor begin by imagining background scenes for each rhyme. Then, she hand sewed wool to create detailed settings. The effect is detailed and warm. Pictures include people and finishing bits such as shells, stones, driftwood, buttons, and so on.

Familiar, warm, cabin-y, fuzzy, homespun, charming -- those sorts of adjectives fit.

Kids/adults who likes this sort
A collection of mostly traditional nursery rhymes this book is astonishingly detailed and beautiful! Mavor hand-stitched all the various characters, houses, animals, etc. and then sewed them onto wool felt backgrounds. Each page is so amazingly lifelike, full of tiny green bead peas, acorn caps, and teensy embroidered flowers. There is so much to look at; this would be a wonderful gift book. It would also be a lovely choice for sharing nursery rhymes at baby story time and to share with older ch ...more
Cathy Blackler
As the daughter of a textile artisan I can truly appreciate the time, effort, attention to detail and most of all love that artist Salley Mavor poured into her absolutely exquisite book. If I could give the book six stars I would do so in a heart beat. A review cannot possibly do this book justice; one has to savor each page several times. The collection of nursery rhymes, 65 in all, is such a treasure as they are a true piece of cultural literacy. I plan to include this book in my baby shower g ...more
I LOVE nursery rhyme collections and this one is now on the top of my list of favorites. It is simply gorgeous. The illustrations are made from intricate hand-appliqued, embroidered, and embellished tapestries of wool,and the details are so fun to find that my three year old kept each page open and looked and looked. I love that Mavor gives each rhyme a full display instead of crowding the rhymes together like some collections do. When she does place rhymes together, she couples them so nicely. ...more
Julie Douglas of the Missouri Humanities Council's Read from the Start Program emphasizes the importance of rhythm and rhyme in reading aloud to young children. Because even very young children relate to the soothing sound of rhythm and rhyme, one of the books given to parents at Read from the Start programs is a book of nursery rhymes. Salley Mavor's book has msny of the traditional nursery rhymes and is filled with illustrations that include outstanding needlework.
30 months - my husband asked "why another book of nursery rhymes?". I can't help myself, partly because O just loves the rhymes and knows a good portion of them by heart but also when I see the great illustrations in needle work or felting I just have to spend time with the book! This one is amazing! Felted characters and background with sewn details an hand painted wood faces. This book makes me want to get busy and create!
Unusual and captivating illustrations. If you love needlework, you'll love this art. The author stitches in charming Old World style with lots of surprises. I'm buying this for my mother, a woman who has done incredible handwork through the years (I have some of her beautiful pieces in my home and they will be passed down for generations). This book is a charming and playful salute to the classical nursery rhymes.
Mariah Christensen
This is a gorgeous book! I want to own this and read it to my kids (you know, when I have kids). The art is extraordinary and I spent a long time studying it. I really admire Salley Mavor's work. I pictured my own children enjoying the pictures and all the little details while I read the rhymes. Maybe this is just a fantasy of motherhood, but I do dream of sharing books with my children.
Angelene Hanna
I would hate to think that children are not exposed to classic nursery rhymes as much anymore, and this book makes them relevant again. The illustrations are amazing, a mixture of objects found outside and needlework. This could be the prompt for a great interdisciplinary project between art and language arts. Students could create artwork in similar styles to illustrate other poetry or rhymes.
This book not only contains all the best classic nursery rhymes but the illustrations are stunning. It is a work of magic to say the least. Every page is a work of art designed with fabric, buttons, acorns beads, etc and lovingly handstitched. Some of the rhymes I don't recall so that was an added bonus. Children will love the rich detail of this fabulous book. Enough said.
This is a collection of traditional nursery rhymes. Some of the selections are not the ones you expect to see, but most of the classics are there, too. What makes this book special is the illustration technique. Every page is a scene that has been hand-sewn onto felt and then photographed. The embroidery detail is amazing, an heirloom. It must have taken forever to create.
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Kay's rating: 5 stars

If you are looking for a book of nursery rhymes that is truly unique, this is the one. Salley Mavor's art work is outstanding. Ms. Mavor shared that her mother, who was also an artist, valued learning to make things by hand. Each page brings a new rhyme and beautifully stitched illustration.
I have checked this book out from the library several times just to drool over the illustrations. Sally Mavor is a mistress of her medium (fibers). I would think that it would take a lifetime to create the likes of this. Going to purchase for my grandchildren. The only limitation of the book is that you can't TOUCH the creations.
This is one of those books you read, and after finishing, can't help wondering how on earth the artist did that. It's so perfectly creative that I wanted to reach through the pages and touch the original art. I'd love to sit for hours and watch Sally Mavor work. I think my favorite was "A wise old owl."
The amount of work that went into creating this handcrafted and embroidered illustrations is unimaginable. I had just flipped through when it first came out, but have been spending more time with it after bringing it home from the library to read with Oz. There is something new to notice at each reading.
Brenda Kahn
I had skimmed through this last year before tossing it on TOM, the tbr pile(s). What jumped out at me then, was the meticulously detailed quilting and embroidery. This time around, I find myself appreciating it all over, but also enjoying the selection of familiar and new-to-me nursery rhymes.
Oct 11, 2010 Marcia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: prek-2, art, B.Z.
Nursery rhymes don't get the attention they used to and this book would be a wonderful introduction. The gem here is the stitched illustrations--beautiful felt work, found objects and embroidery. It's soft and comfortable and just write for the verse. A truly lovely book.
This book absolutely gives me the shivers, just thinking about how much work went into not only the intricate embroidery, hand-made felted wool, and painted beads, but also the layout of the book. The rhymes are paired perfectly. I really hope this gets the Caldecott!
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I have always liked forming and manipulating small materials with my hands. Paper and pencil were never enough for me. Somehow, in my experience as a child, my own art was unfinished and plain unless something “real” was added. Treasures would be glued, stapled or sewn onto a creation to make it complete.
Years later, while at the Rhode Island School of Design, I rediscovered my childhood delight
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