Laura's Reviews > Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children

Spinster Goose by Lisa Wheeler
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Jul 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, children-s, picture
Read from July 14 to 22, 2011

I loved nursery rhymes as a child and Sophie Blackall, the illustrator, is one of my favorites!

That being said, this is a strange collection of twisted nursery rhymes and I have to say that I'm not sure that it's really appropriate for a K-5 audience. Mother Goose sends "uncouth urchins" to her sister, Spinster Goose, so she can whip them into shape. Each nursery rhyme describes what happens to the naughty children. For example, Baa Baa Black Sheep because 'The Swearer,' a sheep who bleats until they "shear his BLEATING wool, then wash his BLEATING mouth." Some of the rhymes are fun and funny twists, like 'The Interrupter,' a twist on 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.' I think that a few too many of the poems veer into dark or not quite kid appropriate territory. I would be reluctant to purchase this for a K-5 collection.
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