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The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
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Oct 16, 11

Read in October, 2011

1.Mother Goose

2.This book is a lovely collection of Mother Goose rhymes illustrated with photographs of children from primarily urban neighborhoods. The children reflect a diversity in race and ethnic backgrounds that brings a modern emphasis to these timeless nursery rhymes.

3.a. Illustrations/photographs b. The photographs are realistic renderings of some of our most beloved nursery rhymes. c.“This Little Pig” is represented by a loving mother with her barefooted daughter in her lap. Together they are clearly counting toes as the rhyme is recited. On another two page layout, a young girl is photographed eating a bowl of ‘curds and whey’ while looking wide-eyed at the enlarged photo of a spider climbing up a water-spout on the opposite page. Each photo brings the rhymes to life in a way that seems modern, fun and real.

4.Curriculum connection – Teachers could challenge a class of students with disposable cameras to pick one or two rhymes to photograph themselves or find photographed images online that would retell the rhymes similar to those in the book.
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