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My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
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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 kids or babies to go through.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Hazel Rochman (Booklist, Sept. 1, 1996 (Vol. 93, No. 1))
Gentle nonsense and sly mischief characterize the verses and the illustrations in this large-size nursery-rhyme collection for reading aloud and chanting and singing to the very youngest child. Opie's great folklore collection, I Saw Esau (1992), illustrated by Maurice Sendak, included schoolyard rhymes that were vulgar, fierce, and gross. But in these 60 verses, there's little of the usual Mother Goose violence--no blind mice with their tails cut off, no old men thrown down the stairs, and no simpering pretty maids, either. Wells' watercolor-and-ink pictures show a kindly, grandmotherly Mother Goose. There is pandemonium, and it's part of the fun in cozy families of rabbits, cats, bears, and mice. Sometimes Wells extends the scenarios: the little mouse under the chair sticks out its tongue at the cat; in "Dickory, Dickory, Dock," the cat's asleep while the mouse dares to run up and down the clock. Wells makes clear that, for a toddler today, riding a cockhorse is a bouncing game, and this book is a first choice for the lap-time story hour. With the play and the farce, there's such tenderness. From "Star Light, Star Bright" to "Dance to Your Daddy," the words sing, and everyone is safe at home. Category: For the Young. 1996, Candlewick, $19.99. Ages 1-4. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: c1996.)
Professional Recommendation/Review #2 :
Leslie Millar (CM Magazine, September 5, 1997 (Vol. IV, No. 1))
Iona Opie is considered the leading authority in the field of collecting and preserving children's games and rhymes. With her late husband, Peter Opie, she has edited many acclaimed books of children's folklore, including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, and I Saw Esau. My Very First Mother Goose opens with a message from Iona Opie which explains her love for nursery rhymes, especially for what they offer: "A suggestion that mishaps might be funny rather than tragic...and that laughter is the cure for everything." There is much here to make readers smile, if not laugh outright. Covering more than 60 rhymes, most of which exude a delightful silliness, the book is divided into four chapters. Extra-large font text and full page illustrations are afforded generous amounts of room. The book's spacious layout adds to users' ease and pleasure of reading. In addition to an opening table of contents, the book also has a concluding first line index. Award winning illustrator Rosemary Wells has used warm, inviting colours to animate these rhymes and has populated them with rabbits, mice and cats. A healthy assortment of other animals, including, of course, Mother Goose, herself, and a few humans also make an appearance. What a cheerful bunch they are, brimming with the innocence, joy and mischief that are the property of childhood. Children will grow to love this book under the tutelage of adults who, in turn, will have the opportunity to rediscover how playful and profound words can be and how complexity hides in simplicity - in short, what a happy thing language is. Highly recommended. Rating: **** /4. Preschool and up. 1996, Candlewick Press, 108pp., hardcover, $19.99. Ages 3 up.
(PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (Cambridge Mass.:), PUBLISHED: c1996.)
Response to Two Professional Reviews:
The reviews both mention that Opie’s large-size nursery-rhyme collection for reading aloud. Covering more than 60 rhymes, there are both classic and non-classic nursery rhymes melt hearts. She picked stories with less fierce and violence, which is perfect for young kids to read. Each rhyme is different and has a meaning. Also, the reviews reflect how great the illustrator Rosemary use warm color to animate these rhymes.
Evaluation of Literary Elements:
Mother goose book differs from most books. Since there are many different nursery rhymes, holding separate meanings. Each rhyme is short but soothes babies and young child. Since short, it boosts the interests that the child wants to hear or read one and one more. Also, the illustrations are bright and tender, which are perfect for such a rhyme book. Children as well as their families will be engaged with the stories.
Consideration of Instructional Application:
This book would be a great read aloud in both classroom and at home. For younger kids, the teacher could choose a few of the nursery rhymes and read them before naptime. The children would be engaged because they all are fun, engaging stories. For older kids in kindergarten, teacher can do vocabulary with nursery rhymes since Nursery rhymes are a great way to introduce new vocabulary.
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