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My Very First Mother Goose

(Mother Goose Series)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  123 reviews
To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From "Hey Diddle, Diddle" and "Pat-a-Cake" to "Little Jack Horner" and "Pussycat, Pussycat," these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Candlewick (first published 1996)
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Oct 26, 2015 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
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A collection of beginner's nursery rhymes. Beautiful art by Rosemary Wells. ...more
Oct 11, 2008 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 the
Vera Godley
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This anniversary edition of My Very First Mother Goose for the very young child is enchanting. Though it differs from my image of Mother Goose books with different styles of illustrations, the use of a variety of little critters is charming.

The book is sturdy and should withstand the rough handling that wee little hands can give a book turning pages and fingering the pictures.

Some of the pages of illustrations are more appealing to me than others but all have a distinct charm. I particularly lik
Wonderful large words and pictures makes this a delightful compilation to share!
Very sweet, the perfect gift for a new baby. This is the twentieth-anniversary edition and it is gorgeous, of course it would be with all those Rosemary Wells illustrations.
Jan 29, 2015 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
Tian Ruan
Title : My Very First Mother Goose
Author: Iona Opie
Illustrator : Rosemary Wells
Genre: Nursery rhymes, classics, fiction
Theme(s): mother goose
Opening line/sentence:
Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Brief Book Summary: There are more than sixty Mother Goose rhymes in 4 chapters. They are very classic. At the end of the book, an index of first lines is provided. It should be a magic journey for parents and young
Sarah Beattie
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery
Awards Received (if any):
-Notable Children’s Books (1997)
-Parent’s Choice Award

Appropriate Grade Level:
-Pre-K through 3rd grade

Original Summary:
-This is a wonderful compilation of over sixty Mother Goose nursery rhymes separated into four chapters; consisting of classic, familiar rhymes for children, as well as some new ones to add on. There are fun and colorful illustrations to go along with the rhymes, and the wording is large enough for kids to see and follow along during a read aloud. Some o
Amongst many things, Iona Opie was the leading authority on all things nursery rhyme. Along with her husband, Peter, she spent most of her life researching children's games and rhymes and now, fortunately, much of their work is archived in the Bodleian. Her The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes will forever be unequalled and it is from this that a range of poems have been gathered.

In this sumptuous collection, 60 traditional rhymes, all illustrated by Rosemary Wells whose cats, bears and rabb
Agilar Janeet
My Very First Mother Goose. Opie, Iona. Illus. Rosemary Wells. New York: Candlewick, 1996. The genre is Poetry, Mother Goose Books. The age range is 1-4 years. The book has big, clear, and vivid colors, however the quality of the drawings are not appealing for me. They are a little scary to my taste, therefore, it does not make it attractive to read. I do not think the book gives enough value for its average price of $24 dollars. The verses are old and not clear to understand. Next, each rhyme h ...more
Edna Velasquez
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
Awards: Parents Choice Award

Grade Level: Pre-K-2

Summary: This book is poetic nursery rhyme filled with colorful illustrations. It also contains unfamiliar rhymes and stories that any child can sing along too. This can help children learn about rhyming. Also, they could be able to compare one nursery rhyme to another which helps them learn about patterns of rhyming.

Review: I like how the colors of the illustrations are very vibrant which makes the story more entertaining. Also, I enjoy the rhythm
Tamera Fleming
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
1) Book summary: This book is a collection of nursey rhymes.

2) Grade level, interest level, lexile: 3-5th grade, 4 and up, lexile is unknown

3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area): Reading block

4) Individual students who might benefit from reading: Smaller children would benefit best from this book because they'll learn nursery rhymes

5) Small group use (literary circles): I wouldn't use this as a small group use

6) Whole class use (read aloud) : Each day I would choose a nursey rhyme before
Katelyn Ferry
Iona Opie did a wonderful job editing My Very First Mother Goose, which is categorized under traditional literature. This book has a collection of more than sixty Mother Goose nursery rhymes separated into four chapters that focus on famous characters such as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Little Jack Horner. This picture book, illustrated by Rosemary Wells, includes images on every page, making the various settings, such as the sea, a kitchen, a bath tub, outdoors, the sky, and more come to ...more
Yessenia De
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursey
1. Notable Children's Books; Parent's Choice
2. Grades 3-5
3. This book has different rhymes in it that every child at some point has heard. They will have something to talk to their parents about.
4. This is a good book to read to every kid, because at some point they may be poems that may have heard of already. So they would have that prior knowledge to the book.
5. It is a great book to read in a read a loud in class. Children can make their own rhymes following the patterns from the poems in t
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mothers, teachers, librarians
I highly recommend this book. My daughter and I enjoyed the rhymes, many times over. I haven't seen our copy, in years, but it was a well loved book. The illustrations and the choice of rhymes are very nicely thought out. Kudos to the author for taking an old bag of tricks and putting it out in a new format that works very well. ...more
Abby Beyer
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
1. Awards- Notable Children's Books (1997)
2. Grade levels- PreK-2
3. Summary- This book contains more than 60 popular nursery rhymes along with beautiful illustrations.
4. This book is very entertaining to read because of the bright colorful illustrations and pulls the reader into each poem.
5. In class uses- Counting, colors, ABCs, learning classic rhymes.
Elizabeth Braun
award - Notable Children's Books
grade - kindergarten
summary - It is a children's picture book. It is a collection of sixty-eight nursery rhymes, chosen by Opie from the Mother Goose oeuvre.
Review - I like this book because it has so many nursery rhyme. Every time you read it you can read a new rhyme.
Use in class - after reading multiple rhymes, the class can make one of their own
Jordan Vinson
Mar 23, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
"My Very First Mother Goose" is an amazing story. This story is a collection of poems and and rhymes. They are very enticing and perfect for the little ones. They are familiar to most adults so it is a very fun book for parents to read with their children.

Reading age: 2 years and up
Lexile measure: N/A
Lauralee Moose
This children's books is an excellent collection of children's nursery rhymes. These familiar tales will strike a cord in readers of all ages as you explore the classic nursery rhymes including everything from Pat-a-Cake to Hey Diddle Diddle. ...more
Paris Krug
This poetry nursery rhyme was very colorful to the reader. Children have the opportunity to sing along to the book and can help them learn about rhyming. There will be some unfamiliar rhyming to them as well.
Emma Hunter
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
These are very sweet and classic stories, songs, and rhymes all compiled together. I loved the pictures and the whole presentation of the book!

Lexile: N/A
Guided Reading: N/A
Trait: Sentence Fluency
The illustrations were pleasing for little children. However, it was not very engaging. I think this book would have been better as a collection of books vs. one large book. Even with the large print and colorful pictures, it is almost too much for little kids to take-in.
Karla Winick-Ford
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not exceptional
some illustrations are choppy
I liked how the text varied based on the length of the rhyme
not a bad addition to a personal library
Allison Ster
This book is great for small children. It contains numerous nursery rhymes that they will love and most people know! The book is also illustrated very well!
Nicole Sampson
I enjoyed reading some familiar and some new nursery rhymes to my children. The pictures were a little strange sometimes, however. But my kids liked the book.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nursery-rhymes
Illustrations made the book. Most of the rhymes are so old they are difficult to understand now.
Cathy Carr
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful illustrations. The rhymes and poems are classics.
Megan Collins
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class-2-concepts
Opie, Iona. My Very First Mother Goose (1996). Mother Goose rhymes are undeniably classics, and this book is full of over sixty rhymes that are broken up into four chapters.There are common rhymes such as Jack and Jill and even less common ones such as, “The big ship sails on the ally ally oh….”The book uses old English words such as doth, which can be very difficult for younger children so it would be best to read it with them. The illustrator uses cats, mice, and rabbits as characters for thes ...more
Nicole Blicht
Reading Log #3- Nursery Rhyme
Title My Very First Mother Goose
Author Iona Opie
Illustrator Rosemary Wells
Genre: Nursery rhyme, Children’s Poetry
Theme(s): Rhyming, animals, fantasy
Opening line/sentence Mother Goose, that kind and quizzical old lady, knows all about human nature.
Brief Book Summary With more than 60 treasured rhymes, Opie put together a book with classic and new nursery rhymes. These are the rhymes that have been passed from parents to children that have remained the same. Parents an
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