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My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
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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 illustrator allows the young children, who this book is geared towards, to truly be able to get the most out of the rhymes in this book. The main subject of the illustrations are sweet bunnies or a variety of other animals. Young children can connect well with these animals they see as fuzzy, soft and warm. This fits well with the accepted use of nursery rhymes. Also, the pictures are large and are often used to help separate the lines of the rhymes, which allows young eyes to be able to take it in with less effort. On top of that, throughout the book there is a decent amount of white space, although some of it is colored, which allows the children’s eyes to focus on the important parts of the illustrations and the words.

C)One excellent example of each of the above principles is found on page 97 with the rhyme of Wee Willie Winkie. Wee Willie Winkie is most commonly illustrated as a small boy in a nightgown but in this case, Willie is drawn as a precious little mouse. The mouse personifies a small boy as he stands on his back feet and holds a lantern, but his big ears and small stature helps the reader want to cuddle with him while reading this nursery rhyme. This picture also helps separate the words to make it easier for the children to read. In this case, the picture is rather small, it is smaller than the hand of most children, but it is placed adjacent to the words of the rhyme so that the nursery rhyme frames its left side. This creates many lines with only one or two words. This helps the children focus on those few words before moving on to the next words. In addition, since the picture is small and the nursery rhyme is not of excessive length, the rest of the page is blank with only a light purple background. This helps students focus on the rhyme and the picture instead of excessive background information and detail.

4. This book contains many of the most well known nursery rhymes, which, if they are already familiar to the students, can be used to help students begin to recognize basic words in print and learn to read. On top of that, nursery rhymes can be used to help teach children about rhyming. The rhymes are short and simple so students will not get overwhelmed while learning about rhymes. Also, the nursery rhymes differ rhyming patterns which they follow. By comparing one nursery rhyme to another, students can learn about the many different rhyming patterns which are most common. In addition, the pictures in this book show a good amount of expression which help the students understand what the rhyme is saying even if the words don’t tell them the exact meaning. These nursery rhymes could be used to help students learn to predict using pictures and other context clues.

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Reading Progress

October 9, 2012 – Started Reading
October 9, 2012 – Shelved
October 15, 2012 – Shelved as: critiques
October 15, 2012 – Finished Reading

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