Item description for My Very First Mother Goose (My Very First Mother Goose) by Iona Opie & Rosemary Wells...
Overview Charming watercolor illustrations enhance a delightful collection of sixty classic Mother Goose rhymes, including "Hey Diddle, Diddle," "Pat-a-Cake," "Little Jack Horner," and many others.
Publishers Description 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 to child for generations; these are the rhymes that are every child's birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that may prove equally enduring, MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. This is a book that promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for readers of all ages.
Awards and Recognitions My Very First Mother Goose (My Very First Mother Goose) by Iona Opie & Rosemary Wells has received the following awards and recognitions -
Book Sense Book of the Year Award - 1997 Nominee - Children's category
Citations And Professional Reviews My Very First Mother Goose (My Very First Mother Goose) by Iona Opie & Rosemary Wells has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 222
Publishers Weekly - 08/05/1996 page 442
Booklist - 09/01/1996 page 127
Kirkus Review - Children - 09/15/1996 page 1411
School Library Journal - 10/01/1996 page 116
New York Times - 11/10/1996 page 38
SLJ's Best Books - 12/01/1996 page 31
ALA Notable Childrens Books - 01/01/1997 page 1296
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1996 page 107
Booklist Ed Choice Youth - 01/01/1997 page 768
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1997 page 21
Booklist - 10/01/1999 page 354
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 140
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 169
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 10.75" Height: 12" Weight: 2.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 2, 1996
Grade Level Pre School
ISBN 1564026205 ISBN13 9781564026200 UPC 732483001396
Availability 0 units.
More About Iona Opie & Rosemary Wells
Iona Opie has dedicated her life to collecting and preserving children's rhymes as an art form. "I suppose my message in life is 'Nursery rhymes are good for you.' And the sooner you start, the better. I always have one myself every morning. I just open a nursery rhyme book at random. This morning I read: Taffy was born on a moonshiney night. His head in a pipskin, his heels upright. You see, if you acquire a nursery rhyme-ical attitude, you're not at all put out by life's little bumps and bruises they just seem funny and entirely normal."
Rosemary Wells says, "We live in a time when our language is shrinking. Mother Goose, which represents our language at its most innocent, playful, and profound, is in danger of disappearing completely. Rhymes that have been repeated and refined for forty generations are no longer being taught to children. It is a great honor to work with Iona Opie with the hope of preserving these rhymes for many generations more." Rosemary wells lives in New York.
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Reviews - What do customers think about My Very First Mother Goose (My Very First Mother Goose)?
I Never Tire of Reading This Book Apr 4, 2008
Of all the books I received as baby gifts, this book has had the longest lifespan. It was my daughter's favorite book as soon as she was old enough to turn regular pages, and almost a year later, it still is. Unlike shorter board books which become very repetitive, this book still has poems that seem "fresh" to me. Everytime we read it's a different experience, depending how many pages we turn at a time. It can be a short book or a long book, depending on the day. The illustrations are incredibly detailed. Even after what seems like a thousand reads, I'm finding clever twists and recognizing characters from elsewhere in the book. This book is a classic and offers lots of bang for your buck.
Nice illustrations but the rhymes fall a little short Mar 25, 2008
The illustrations for the rhymes are all of cats and other animals as stand in for humans and are very cute. As for the rhymes, there are not many of them and some are truncated.
Not quite what I'd imagined Feb 5, 2008
This is a very good book, but it's not quite what I'd imagined. Most of the rhymes were not familiar to me. The illustrations are beautiful, though, and it's fun to read. We enjoy it, but if I had seen it before buying, I probably wouldn't have bought it.
Creative Visual Treat & Great Mother Goose Collection Dec 2, 2007
This has been one of our kids' very favorite books since they were about 6 months old, edited by the clever Iona Opie and illustrated by the author of the Max and Ruby books. The sing-song rhythms enchanted them as babies, and the entertaining (and adorable) animal-based interpretations of the words have kept the kids coming back to pull this off the shelf. The collection is really well-chosen, with most of the "classic" nursery rhymes here; my only complaint is that the editor seems to opt for only one verse of most rhymes where in some cases I'm pretty sure there's more to it than that. The division into "chapters" makes it a little easier to find a closure point, since they keep wanting to hear/see "just one more!" A great baby gift.
A family favorite! Jul 21, 2007
When my kids were small, I went into a "Mother Goose" kick. I bought and checked out from the Library every Mother Goose I could find, we read them all, and THIS was by far our favorite. The selection of poems was varied, with old favorites and new poems I'd never heard from my childhood as well. The illustrations are beautiful and very fun, Rosemary Wells knows just how kids minds work!