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The glorious Mother Goose
Edens, Cooper.
Uniform Title:
Mother Goose. Selections.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
vii, 88 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of nursery rhymes, including those about Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Jack Horner, and Little Miss Muffet.
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PZ8.3.M85 E4 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From the 1800s to the present, the most gifted and renowned children's artists and illustrators have brought traditional Mother Goose rhymes to life for new generations of young people.

Author Notes

Cooper Edens was born Gary Drager in 1945 in Washington State. He received a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1970. He is an author and illustrator of more than 25 children's books including If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, Add One More Star to the Night, and The Starcleaner Reunion. Some of his books are illustrated by other individuals like Alexandra Day, Daniel Lane, and A. Scott Banfill. These works include Darby, the Special-Order Pup, The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, Special Deliveries, Santa Cows, Shawnee Bill's Enchanted Five-Ride Carousel, and Nicholi. He has also created a series where he reprints one version of a classic children's story together with illustrations from a number of artists who have adapted the tales since the nineteenth century.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. The 42 rhymes collected here are the tried and true; what distinguishes this compilation are the wisely chosen, diverse graphics that grace the pages. For the most part, two illustrations-- varying between full color and black and white-- by artists working in the late- nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries have been chosen for each rhyme, usually with the intention of depicting different interpretations. For example, in ``Curly locks! Curly locks! Wilt thou be mine?'' Kate Greenaway depicts a suitor leaning through a window to tempt a young maid with strawberries, while Jessie Willcox Smith illustrates the same rhyme with young children. Similarly, the spider that frightens Miss Muffet is a tiny realistic-looking creature in one picture, in another, it is human sized and dressed in a top hat and tails. The work of artists such as Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham, L. Leslie Brooke, E. Boyd Smith, Margaret Tarrant, William Donahey, Charles Robinson, and Fern Bisel Peat contribute to the overall fine effect. Teachers of children's literature and others who study the art of illustration can effectively use this compilation for history purposes. Children too will delight in the pictures. BE.

Publisher's Weekly Review

With the proliferation of new editions of Mother Goose each year, it's easy to forget that artists have been illustrating these rhymes for centuries. Edens's compilation celebrates the work of some of the best illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Well-known figures like Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, L. Leslie Brooke and Arthur Ransome are included; also represented are lesser-known artists like Mabel Lucie Atwell, Anne Anderson and Peter Newell. Almost every rhyme is accompanied by the works of two artists, providing interesting contrasts in style and interpretation. What results is an unusual and beautiful introduction not only to Mother Goose but also to artists of historical merit in children's books. All ages. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3 At first glance, this book appears to be primarily for collectors, and it will appeal to that audience. There are, however, many enjoyable and rewarding ways to share this work with children. The Mother Goose rhymes included are among the most familiar; but the illustrations, selected from books published from the 1870s through the 1930s, are rich in their varied interpretations of these rhymes. Sometimes they are totally different in content, as with the pictures accompanying ``Pat-a-Cake'' or ``This Little Pig Went to Market,'' in which one illustration portrays the more literal interpretation while the other shows the activity or baby game associated with the text. Thus, readers see Brooke's bold, opulent pig with market basket on his arm alongside an anonymous artist's image of an older child playing with a younger child's toes. Some pairings show different segments of a rhyme, as with the juxtaposition of Pinwell's black-and-white drawing of ``Simple Simon'' with the pie man at the fair and Robinson's larger, full-color image of him fishing in a pail. In other instances, the age (``Curly Locks''), the gender (``Baa, Baa, Black Sheep''), or the mood (``Little Miss Muffet'') of human characters differ. Adults may find in this book a wonderful way to demonstrate various means of interpretation of text to children as well as sharing with them some of the rich heritage of children's book illustration. Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.