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The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
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Jan 30, 2012

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bookshelves: pre-k, mother-goose, picture-books

Nina Crews' The Neighborhood Mother Goose takes forty-one classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes ("Hey Diddle-Diddle," "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider," "Little Miss Muffet") and illustrates them with bright photographs in various urban environmnets. The photographs, often computer-manipulated to fit the fanciful context of the rhymes, depict children of a variety of ethnicities and are simply composed so that faces and animals are a focus. The book is big enough for storytime sharing, but not so cumbersome that you couldn't read it with a child on your lap.

I think this is certainly a competent and enjoyable Mother Goose book, but I think the illustrations fall a bit short in conveying the fun and whimsy of the rhymes. At 64 pages, the book would likely be tough to get through in one session--though the nice thing about it is that there's plenty of easy stopping points and child favorites are sure to develop.

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