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The rooster crows : a book of American rhymes and jingles
Petersham, Maud, 1890-1971.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1973, c1945]

©1973, ©1945
Physical Description:
62 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of traditional American nursery rhymes, finger games, skipping rhymes, jingles, and counting-out rhymes.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 09835.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Reference
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Here is part of America's heritage -- gay verses beautifully illustrated by famous artists. "The rooster crows and away he goes", pictured on the jacket, is only one of these well-known nursery rhymes, counting-out games, skipping-rope songs, finger games, and other jingles beloved by American children for generations. They come from collections all over America, so you may find some that are new as well as your own favorites.
"Mother, may I go out to swim", "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear", "Roses are red, violets are blue", all are here, each one charmingly illustrated to make this an outstanding picture book. An American Mother Goose for every child's library.

Author Notes

Maud Fuller Petersham was born in Kingston, New York on August 5, 1889. She graduated from Vassar College in 1912 and later studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. She worked at the International Art Service, where she met her future husband and life-long illustrating partner, Miska Petersham. The husband-and-wife team illustrated more than 70 books for children, many of which they also wrote. They received the 1946 Caldecott Medal for The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles. Their other works include The Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg, The Box with Red Wheels, and The Christ Child. She died in 1971.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

American rhymes and jingles are the focus of this Caldecott Medal-winner. Ages 3-8. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



From Chapter Rhymes and Jingles Peter, Peter pumpkin eater, Had a wife and couldn't keep her. He put her in a pumpkin shell And there he kept her very well. Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. Patty-cake, patty-cake, Baker's man, Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Roll it up and roll it up. And put it in the pan. Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider and sat down beside her And frightened Miss Muffet away. Copyright © 1945 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Copyright © renewed 1973 by Miska F. Petersham Excerpted from The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles by Maud Petersham, Miska Petersham All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.