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The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Together we'll do it-
We'll help save the earth…
Come now, rhyme with me,
Let's turn our hearts loose,
And fly 'round the world
With Green Mother Goose.


Mother Goose has gone green-and this playful picture book invites kids to join the fun. In these delightful “recycled” rhymes, Old Mother Hubbard shops with cloth grocery bags; Old King Coal is a better old soul, working to kee
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Sterling
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Natalie Mayur
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Green Mother Goose is appropriate for all elementary students (K-5) who would like to learn how individuals can help keep our Earth green. I believe this book is appropriate for all elementary grades because some “nursery rhymes” are more difficult to understand than others. With key words throughout the text such as incandescents (lights) or a house being too drafty, I feel upper elementary students could still benefit from this book and the rich conversations that could follow from the les ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
This text is a compilation of Mother Goose nursery rhymes that have been rewritten to reflect how we are treating our environment and how we can improve. One of my favorite rhymes that can be used in a 2nd grade classroom would be "Yankee Doodle". This has been rewritten to discuss the various ways that we can travel apart from being in a car. There are 30 rhymes that all relate in some way to protecting the environment.

I would recommend this book for K-5 in order to discuss being environmental
Apr 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I like Mother Goose rhymes and I don't like folks messing around with them. I also don't like didactic children's books so it's not surprising I did not like this. I certainly agree with the message, and the illustrations are really charming, but the rhymes are bad, in some cases just painful. For example, from "Old Mother Hubbard": "She markets today/With cloth shopping bags,/And when she gets home/Her dog is all wags!" Or from "Old King Coal": "Now Old King Coal is a better old soul,/A better ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humane-education
The message may be a little didactic for adults, and some of the contents will probably go over the heads of the younger tots. (Doubtful those who would be into Mother Goose-anything would be able to grasp the concepts of coal-fired plants, global warming, or eco-friendly energy sources.)

However, I was so pleased to see food issues addressed in a picture book--which, despite the fact that everyone eats, is still a rarity. We meet unhealthy Jack Sprat, who gorges on fast food, while his healthier
Alex Konieczny
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
For those carbon conscience kids out there, The Green Mother Goose is bot a blessing and a curse. As a collection of poetry outright, it never elevates itself above the standard rhymey fare one comes to expect of churned out children's poetry collections. In fact, most of it is just revamped poetry from nursery rhymes long past. The art though is pretty cool, opening an interesting discussion about how to create 2D pieces, with reused materials. This one gets by on charm, though if you are a out ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
All I can say is WHY!!!??? Is this really necessary that we have to ruin classic Mother Goose tales by making them "green". I think getting children to think about their environment is great but, why did you have to take it out on Mother Goose. It would have been just as nice if you had the classic tales written on an eco-friendly book; using recycled paper and soy ink. Mother Goose is fine and her stories didn't need to be "recycled".
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Was not a super big fan of it at first but then it started to grow on me.

Of course, one must remember that kids have to know the original nursery rhymes before they can even begin to think "fractured" ones are funny.

I liked the one about Jack Sprat eating lots of fast food fat and his wife eating leafy greens. Then he grows out of his jeans.

Can't remember the rhyme but little Jack Horner changes all of his lightbulbs to compact fluorescent. It actually works for the most part.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Peck, Davis, and Berger make a fabulous trio. Their combined efforts resulted in several well-written poems promoting "green" living and collage-like illustrations created through recycling. The book is fairly preachy but the message is needed and well-delivered. My favorites were "Here We Go Round the Neighborhood," "Jack Be Nimble," and "This is Our Garden Earth."
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
The book takes traditional nursery rhymes and adds a twist - making a point to emphasize environmental themes and concerns and how to better support the environment. Some of the changes read smoothly and will be easily grasped by children. Others might be more difficult to read aloud and may need an explanation by an adult.
Apr 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
this is so poorly written, I couldn't help but laugh my way through it.
Lynya Cooper
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Green Mother Goose by Jan Peck and David Davis was amazing this book is a must read. The mother goose rhymes describes how saving the world by going green, saving energy, recycling, eating healthy, and more fun ways to incorporate a lesson on going green to save our world. I believe children ages 7-10 years of age will really enjoy. Also the pictures has warm earth tone colors to calm a class while reading.
Allison Marks
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Berger's illustrations are marvelous!
Natalie Haldeman
Title: The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time
Author: Jan Peck and David Davis
Illustrator: Carin Berger
Genre: poems/poetry collection
Theme(s): Children's Poetry, Nursery Rhymes, Pollution and Conservation, Mother Goose
Opening line/sentence: Together we'll do it we'll help save the Earth, our emerald home, the place of our birth.
Brief Book Summary: This book gives a multitude of poems throughout it. All of the poems throughout this book have the same point they are trying to
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nursery
Grades: This book is appropriate for KG-Grade 3
Summary: This humorous and book uses the familiar rhythms and themes of the Old Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes and applies them to themes of sustainability, recycling, conscious consumerism and farming. So Old Mother Hubbard 19s dog asks for organic, local and vegetarian food before he is satisfied, Jack and Jill are really careful not to spill their water and the fifth 1Clittle piggy squeals Re-re-recycle! all the way home. 1D The book gives reminders
Cathy Traccarella
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
If you are looking for a modern, environmental, take on Mother Goose then “The Green Mother Goose” is for you. In this version of the rhymes “Jack and Jill” conserve water and the little piggies go “re-re-cycle all the way home.” Some purists might argue against updating these venerable poems but many of the original versions were actually political satire. They were written long ago to make a memorable statement about the, then, current society and some of the important people and issues of the ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mother Goose
Peck, J. & Davis, D. The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time (New York; Sterling, 2011)
The Green Mother Goose is an Earth friendly version of traditional Mother Goose rhymes. Favorites like Mary Had a LIttle Lamb and Jack and Jill are given a spin with Earth friendly lines like "At the top, they saved each drop". This is a great book to add to any collection and it's definitely a great book to read on Earth Day, or any day. The book it self is printed on pape
David Davis along with Jan Peck (Bankstreet College put her on "Best Children's Books of the Year" list!) wrote this book. One aspect that is really cool and could be talked about with students, is the fact that the illustrations were recycled materials -newspapers and movie stubs etc. This book is a spin on Mother Goose rhymes with environmental messages for kids. Jack and Jill go up on a hill and not only fetch water, they save every drop! Jack Sprat learns how to eat healthier from his wife w ...more
Erin Ewing
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In true Mother Goose fashion, this book contains verses that teach us a lesson. This time, each lesson is one that reminds us to take care of our Earth. The titles of each are the original titles with the cadence of the original rhyme. The words, however, have been "recycled as fun, eco-friendly verses." The illustrations look as though they are made from scraps of paper and the colors are all in earth tones. These rhymes are a wonderful update of the old classics that kids and adults both will ...more
Emily S.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't have a problem with authors changing nursery rhymes or fairy tales--it's called fracturing and has its place in literature. Instead of making me think these were "bad" rhymes, it made me realize that nursery rhymes in general aren't that great--just catchy. I liked "Little Jack Horner" the best. I agree that the quality isn't blow me away type stuff, although the illustrations are quirky and fun. And it not BAD, either. I think a lot of ones opinion on this book depends on whether you li ...more
Myriam B.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"If All the World Were Stinky"

If all the world were stinky,
And our water black as ink,
If toxic rains filled up our drains,
What would we have to drink?

If all the world were stinky,
Our skies fouled without care,
If there were no trees in the summer breeze,
What would we breathe for air?

I like this poetry because it help me understand how important it is to keep our environment clean from polution and to recycle so we can keep our trees alive.
Deborah Lightfoot
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Smart, funny, tongue-in-cheek sophisticated, and gently subversive. The rhymes are a riot, and the message is thought-provoking. We can all do more to help "Our Garden Earth." I gave a copy to each of my nieces to share with their young children. This is a book for all ages. Veteran Green Warriors will get as much out of it as will fresh-faced preschoolers who are just now learning to "Re-Re-Recycle!" Highly recommended.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
This book of reused poetry tickles my funny bone! I wouldn't say all the poems were keepers, but there are a couple recycled gems in this collection.

2015 Poem Shared: This Little Piggy
Snowbie was on vacation for this storytime, so we had a pig puppet visit and share this poem at storytime.
2016 poem shared: Jack Be Nimble
2017 poems shared: One, Two, We Can Renew / This Little Piggy

2015, 2016, 2017 storytime theme: Earth Day

Reviewed from a library copy.
Wendy Jones
I adore this book! It is so cute! It has all the traditional Mother Goose rhymes with a whole new twist! It's all about rhymes having to do with recycling and saving the earth. It's so great! I would use this with any elementary age children. The younger children would live the rhymes and the older children would enjoy this fun way of learning the standards on recycling.
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I almost couldn't finish this book. It was that bad. It was every piece of bad environmentalist jargon linked to a timeless children's rhyme for impressiveness. UGH! Is this a joke? Seriously?

I'm upgrading it a star because the art is pretty neat and at least the authors had a sense of rhythm and rhyme.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Way to ruin some nursery rhymes. This completely did not work for me. Nursery rhymes - great for toddlers. Compact flourescents, compost piles and coal-fired plants are for a much different audience.
Paul Delacruz
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book will help young children learn about being environmentally green to their environment they will live in. The rhymes are nicely written and the illustrations are good too. There are some words in there you may have to explain what they mean, but that is part of the fun in reading to kids.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-class
With fun word play and illustrations, Davis takes old fairy tails and turns them into new trails that promote living a green life. Children will love reading this as they learn how they can help keep the world green and clean a little longer.
Noel Echols
Love it!! This adorable book is filled with great poems and illustrations. It could be used in any grade to teach students the importance of taking care of our mother earth. (specifically life science 3rd grade)
Kathryn Sublett
Teachers could use this book to get students to identify ways to protect the environment. Students could use this book as a reference for creating a slogan to get their class or school to go green. This would be appropriate for students in third grade.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
Do nursery rhymes count as poetry? These felt pretty close to me. The classic rhymes have been re-written for the environmentally conscious.
They are very cute as are the illustrations. Definitely a book where it helps to know the original so you can see how it has changed/know the rhythm.
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David Davis, known for his keen sense of humor and lyrical style, has written several titles in Pelican's Night Before Christmas Series, including Redneck Night Before Christmas, Trucker's Night Before Christmas, and Nurse's Night Before Christmas. His books Ten Redneck Babies and Jazz Cats were both named to the Children's Choice Top 100 List. A finalist for the Texas Golden Spur Award, Jazz Cats ...more
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