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Animal nursery rhymes
Wilkes, Angela.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, [1992]

Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Text and photographs introduce animal nursery rhymes.
General Note:
Includes index.
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PZ8.3 .A54927 1992 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Nursery rhymes that feature animals are among the most popular with young children. Nursery rhymes are as old as time, and those that feature animals are among the most popular with young children. Passed from one generation to another, animal nursery rhymes remind us of a life that was full of cats and dogs, sheep and pigs, horses and cows. Mice often ran up and down clocks, and sheep gave at least three bags of wool. Generations of illustrators have used nursery rhymes as inspiration for fantasy; this fresh photographic approach takes children back into the real world of animals that inspired many of the rhymes in the first place.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Handsomely photographed images, cleanly silhouetted in that inimitable Dorling Kindersley style, vivify 50-plus well-chosen nursery rhymes. Bo-Peep, for example, is represented by a bonneted lass shown first gazing into the distance, crook in hand, then in pretty repose, dreaming of her lost sheep; an ewe and a lamb stand in for her wayward flock. Other child models in ermine-trimmed capes and crowns pose as the king and queen memorialized in ``Sing a Song of Sixpence,'' while less famous rhymes celebrate snail, bat, wren or Mrs. Hen, two little dicky birds or two little dogs. Amusing juxtapositions enhance other poems: ``This Little Pig'' pairs a child's dangling toes with five piglets sized to match the child's feet. Bordered in narrow colored bands, the spreads rely on ruled squares and rectangles to contain up to a dozen poems, each with a number of photographs and decorative insets--the effect is both festive and orderly, in the same way that the combination of real objects and fanciful verse proves entirely complementary. Ages 2-5. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved