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Some from the moon, some from the sun : poems and songs for everyone
Zemach, Margot.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
An illustrated collection of traditional poems and songs, including "This Little Pig Went to Market, " "Brave News is Come to Town, " and "Bingo."
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 26341 Guided reading level: NR.
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A charming book of children's rhymes by the Caldecott Medalist.

I'm the king of the castle,
Get down, you dirty rascal!

There she goes,
There she goes,

All dressed up in her Sunday clothes.

When I make a book for children, I draw it the same as I would for grownups. I draw for people of any age . - Margot Zemach

Margot Zemach was a visionary artist whose contribution to twentieth-century children's literature is one of the most significant and innovative ever. Farrar Straus Giroux is proud to be publishing her final book, a collection of timeless verses paired with Zemach's glorious watercolors. From the familiar "This Little Pig Went to Market" to the lesser-known "Brave News Is Come to Town" to the enduringly popular "Bingo," these twenty-seven rhymes and songs - many of them favorites fromZemach's youth - are lovingly presented for readers of all ages.

Completing the volume is a brief scrapbook of Zemach's childhood artwork, family photographs, and autobiographical writings and sketches, assembled by her daughter Kaethe Zemach-Bersin. It is a unique personal glimpse into Margot Zemach's life for those encountering her work for the first time, as well as for those who have long admired her.

Author Notes

Margot Zemach (1931-89) was born in Los Angeles, California. She began illustrating stories by her husband, Harve, in 1959, and their subsequent collaborations led to many enduring children's books, including The Judge: An Untrue Tale, a Caldecott Honor Book; A Penny a Look , an ALA Notable Book; and Duffy and the Devil , recipient of the Caldecott Medal.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Speaking of her work as an illustrator, Caldecott Medal-winner Margot Zemach once said, "I want to give life, movement, and humor to the words on paper." How brilliantly she succeeds is evidenced by the richness her pictures lend to the traditional poems and songs in her final book. Children will know a number of the untitled poems ("This little pig went to market"; "Star light, star bright"), though some will be new: "Warm hands, warm, / The men have gone to plow." But whether the words are familiar or not, Zemach's imaginative ink-and-watercolor illustrations are fresh, exuberant, and witty. Even art accompanying poems of a more contemplative sort ("Sleep, baby, sleep"; "Brave news is come to town") hums with a generosity of emotional energy derived from a gift for composition and, especially, for color. Even the still life that adorns the dedication page demonstrates Zemach's genius for color, which makes each image so eye-catching and beautiful. An appended album of drawings, autobiographical notes, and family photos make this book an especially lovely tribute as well as an invitation to new generations to discover Zemach's truly spectacular talent. A bibliography of books written or illustrated by Zemach is appended. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Each detail of this posthumous collection of Zemach's work is rendered with care. From the book's cover, with its arches of sun, stars and earth, to the brief autobiography at its end, Zemach's versatility shines. Dazzling endpapers resemble sketchbook pages, chock-full of people and animals and the moon/sun theme carries through to the title page, which shows an intriguing crowing rooster wearing a midnight-black cape flecked with stars. The collection of rhymes plays up Zemach's wide range of moods and styles, perspective and subject matter. The tranquility of the deft watercolors illustrating a birch forest ("When a big tree falls and people aren't near,/ Does it really make a noise if no one can hear?") offers a distinct contrast to the humor of a black-outlined caricature of Hannah Bantry, gnawing at a mutton bone in the pantry, for instance. Similarly, the child-like watercolor of Bingo the dog differs in texture, line and complexity from Zemach's depiction on the succeeding page of the five little pigs that go to market. The variety of style coheres rather than distracts, and Zemach's consistent palette is enough to unify the book artistically. Zemach's own words at the book's conclusion, adorned with fascinating photographs and samples of artwork from her childhood, will inspire the creativity of nearly everyone, and may well send readers out in search of her other works (a complete list is provided). All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Warm, lively, funny watercolors illustrate nursery rhymes from "This Little Pig Went to Market" and "Bingo" to the less familiar "Baby and I Were Baked in a Pie" and "There Was a Lady Loved a Swine." The selections are accompanied by illustrations of varying sizes on a white page, with a couple of double-page spreads. The text is nicely laid out, with plenty of room for the eye, yet the design feels cozy. The energy and humor in the paintings are perfectly suited to the rhymes and will appeal to a young audience. As a bonus, the book closes with several pages of autobiographical comments from and photos of Zemach (1931-1989) and previously unpublished paintings and sketches that give wonderful insight into her personality. Whether young or old, long-time fans or newcomers to Zemach's work, readers will be intrigued by this slice of an artist's life. Librarians, especially, will appreciate the sketch entitled "Receiving News about Winning the Caldecott Medal" that accompanies a full bibliography of the artist's work on the final page. With just 27 selections, this is not a voluminous collection, but it will be well appreciated at the bedside, on the lap, or at storytime. As a tribute to an artist or simply a book for sharing, it's a top-notch selection.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.