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My Very First Mother Goose

(Mother Goose Series)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  116 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 2nd 1996 by Candlewick Press (first published 1996)
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Agilar Janeet
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Abby Beyer
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lauralee Moose
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Paris Krug
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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
Karla Winick-Ford
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Megan Collins
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is always a treat to share beloved nursery rhymes with eager listeners who chant them along with me. This has bright, lovely illustrations and only one nursery rhyme per page, which makes it much easier for small eyes to follow along.
Jenna Satcher
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: critiques
1. This book belongs to the Mother Goose category.

2.Iona Opie compiles more than sixty of the most beloved nursery rhymes in this book which are illustrated with detail and originality by Rosemary Wells. The book is divided into four chapters of nursery rhymes which encompasses rhymes from Jack and Jill to Wee Willie Winkie.

3. Critique
A)The watercolor illustrations in this book are perfectly designed for the target audience, young readers, to appreciate.

B)The choices Wells made as the illustra
Natalie Varnell
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Genre: Mother Goose
(referenced on page 240 of text The Joy of Children’s Literature)
Summary: This is a collection of the many delightful classic nursery rhymes that generations have come to know and love. In My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells compiles nursery rhymes from page 8 all the way to page 105. This book is packed full with fun silly little stories in rhyme and illustration(s).
a) The strongest element of My Very First Mother Goose is the extensive collection of nurs
Amanda Kolb
Title: My Very First Mother Goose
Author: Iona Opie
Illustrator: Rosemary Wells
Genre: Book of nursery rhymes
Theme(s): Rhythm, music, songs, short story
Opening line/sentence: Jack and Jill went up the hill fetch a pail of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.
Brief Book Summary: This book is a collection of commonly known nursery rhymes. They’re all about a page long and include a simple illustration somewhere on the page that fits in with that rhyme. Each rhyme is
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
1) Genre: Picture Book/Mother Goose

2) This is an impressive compilation of various Mother Goose rhymes accompanied by simple, but beautiful illustrations.

3) Critique:

a) The best part of this book was how simple, but appropriate the illustrations are as an accessory to the text.

b) Since Mother Goose rhymes are often very simple and direct, I couldn’t help but notice how well the illustrations portrayed this conciseness. In addition, Mother Goose rhymes are often read to a younger child who ma
Kyoungbin Min
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-nursery-rhymes
1. No awards
2. Age 2-5
3. With so many nursery rhymes, this book shows the life of different animals in 4 chapters.
4. This book would be a delight for children to look at with its catchful rhymes and fun illustrations of animals.
5. Read-aloud and shared reading
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it

Citation: My Very First Mother Goose, Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells (illustrator), Candlewick Press, 1996, 105p. Picture Book/Mother Goose

Genre: Mother Goose Book

Summary: This wonderful serving of nursery rhymes has a picture book feel, with its large typeface, narrative style, and full page illustrations that challenge our traditional interpretations.

Critique: a. One of the things I like most about this book is how its illustrations add a twist to the norm. The illustrations make what would be tr
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Iona Archibald Opie is a folklorist of children's literature and verse.

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