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Title:
The Dorling Kindersley book of nursery rhymes
Author:
Gliori, Debi.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A illustrated collection of popular nursery rhymes with background information.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789466785
Format :
Book

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Newstead Library PZ8.3.G47 DO 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

Summary

Over fifty cherished nursery rhymes have been brought together and imaginatively illustrated by one of the most popular and highly acclaimed children's artists of today. From Little Miss Muffet and Jack and Jill to Old Mother Hubbard and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary-all the favorite rhymes, songs, and lullabies that capture the magic and joy of childhood are here. Debi Gliori brings a fresh approach to these classic rhymes, adding humor and uniting different characters in one glorious illustration, page after page. Intriguing facts about the meanings behind the rhymes are also here, giving added insight and enjoyment to both children and adults. This is a very special book to be shared for years to come.


Author Notes

Debi Gliori has written and illustrated more than forty children's titles, including her very popular Mr. Bear books. One of her most recent successes was the picture book No Matter What, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Debi lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has four children.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 1-4. From early morning until the stars come out at bedtime, three children play at being Yankee Doodle Dandy and the fine lady upon a white horse. They watch Humpty Dumpty fall from the breakfast table. They come tumbling down the hill while they imagine the soldiers marching to the top. Gliori's nonsense illustrations are fresh and funny, but they are sometimes too crowded and busy for the preschool audience. In the publisher's usual style, there are also occasional small photos of contemporary kids and tiny italicized notes about origin and meaning for the adults who are reading aloud. This doesn't have the direct appeal of Rosemary Wells' My Very First Mother Goose (1996), but children will enjoy the dressing up and the play. What's really best are the occasional double-page spreads that illustrate one rhyme at a time: the old woman in the shoe has a private armchair and TV as well as all those bothersome children, and Old Mother Hubbard's dog is a hoot, especially when he's reading the newspaper or feeding the cat. He could fill a book on his own. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Need a nursery rhyme? Pick up The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes, illus. by Debi Gliori, and find one. Unique to this collection are the facts about the meanings behind the rhymes. For example, after "Hickory, dickory, dock," one learns, "Children have chanted this rhyme for centuries. It was once used to decide who should go first in a game." Clever illustrations unite characters from different rhymes (e.g., the grandfather clock that the mouse perches atop in "Hickory dickory" appears in the old woman's shoe with her many children). ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS Up-A collection of 50 familiar rhymes, illustrated with fanciful art that adds humor and insight to the interpretations. Photo inserts with captions offer some factual tidbits about the verse. For example, in "Little Bo-Peep," a spread shows a picture of sheep, flowers, and a little girl shearing a sheep. A small photo features a girl dressed in a shepherdess outfit with text that reads, "Some think this rhyme dates back to a hide-and-seek game played by children in the fourteenth century." While the concept is novel, the information seems aimed at older readers, rather than children for whom the rhymes are intended. "Ring around the rosy" explains that "It is a popular belief that this rhyme dates back to the Great Plague. A ring-shaped, rosy-colored rash being a symptom." This book offers an unusual twist in nursery-rhyme collections, making it of interest to adults and children.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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