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The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
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Mar 11, 2010

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bookshelves: award-winning-and-honor-books, picture-books, poetry
Read from March 06 to 07, 2010

The Neighborhood Mother Goose is intended for students in grades K-2 and has won the ALA Notable Children's Books Younger Readers Award. In this book, 41 nursery and street rhymes both familiar and not well known are illustrated with photographs in a city setting.

This book is a modern Mother Goose as computer generated and manipulated color photographs accompany Mother Goose rhymes. The author uses computer tools to combine photos of children in the Brooklyn neighborhood who act out the Mother Goose Rhymes. The scenarios she creates are both realistic and wild. For example, accompanying the familiar rhyme “There was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe” is a double-page spread of tiny children jumping in a giant shoe. Even though reality has never been a part of Mother Goose rhymes, children will enjoy seeing individuals like themselves in pictures that make the familiar rhymes part of imaginative fun in the city. Even though this book illustrated familiar Mother Goose rhymes in a unique way, I did not particularly like this book of rhymes because it combined realistic elements where fantasy is usually present.


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