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Wendy Watson's Mother Goose

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An illustrated collection of the traditional rhymes.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- There has been a new Mother Goose for almost every taste in recent years, and this one will appeal to many for its lively but gentle illustrations with their combination of child-like simplicity and often intricate details. Soft blue - grays and greens with touches of orange, pink, and gold predominate in these delicately robust pictures of round-faced human characters and humorous, if not always identifiable, animals. Traditionalists may not enjoy seeing Humpty Dumpty as an egg being knocked off a table by a cat in a busy kitchen scene, but others will appreciate the challenge this presents to young children. Literal-minded youngsters may note that tails remain intact in the illustrations for "Three Blind Mice , " or be confused by the seemingly unrelated picture of a wedding with "Hay Is for Horses," or by the more obvious switch of an old man under the words Mother Goose on the half title page and the picture of a woman for "There was an old man" on the final page. In between, however, there are many visual challenges for young viewers. There are also chuckles for adults who notice the spider making obvious advances to Miss Muffet or the picture of the animal couple in bed with fainter dream-images of seven children for "Friday night's dream." The varieties of page layouts with different sizes, shapes, and arrangements of text and illustration are one of the book's greatest strengths. The eye moves easily from one rhyme to another on pages with plenty of restful white space. Watson's Mother Goose does not have the rollicking energy of the original street rhymes, but its gentleness is closer to the spirit associated with these verses today. --Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Expanses of white space and crisp, clear watercolors give Watson's version of traditional nursery rhymes and jingles a clean, well-ordered look. Variety reigns, too: some verses are illustrated within a spread ("Ladybird, ladybird"), others with one small figure ("Jeremiah Obadiah") and some with a border ("Here we go round the mulberry bush"). The characters are simple but beautifully expressive, and Watson's interpretations of the familiar verses are utterly inviting. For example, when Old Mother Hubbard can't produce a bone for her poor dog, in full view are three household cats eating their fill. The more than 200 verses are indexed by subject as well as by first line. If there are many choices to make when it comes to selecting a Mother Goose collection, Watson's is certainly among the most worthwhile. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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