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Title:
Over the candlestick : classic nursery rhymes and the real stories behind them
Author:
Montgomery, Wayne.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree Publishers, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
27 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
Classic nursery rhymes are accompanied by historical background information for the older reader.
Language:
English
Contents:
Mary had a little lamb -- Little Miss Muffet -- Jack be nimble -- Hickory, dickory, dock -- London Bridge -- Old King Cole -- Ring-a-ring o' roses -- Hush-a-bye, baby -- Tom, Tom, the piper's son -- Jack and Jill -- Humpty Dumpty -- Hey diddle diddle -- Rain, rain, go away -- Yankee Doodle Dandy -- Riddles -- Tongue twisters.
Reading Level:
1180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.9 1.0 57416.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.8 3 Quiz: 33560 Guided reading level: NR.
Added Uniform Title:
Mother Goose. English.
ISBN:
9781561452590
Format :
Book

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With whimsical, full-color illustrations and a little historical detective work, Michael Montgomery has created a delightful and original nursery rhyme book that will entertain as well as educate readers, young and old alike.The volume brings together more than twenty classic nursery rhymes, riddles, and tongue twisters and offers a fascinating glimpse into age, origin, and meaning of each. Youngsters will enjoy such perennial favorites as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, London Bridge, Rain, Rain, Go Away, and others. Younger children will delight in the rhymes and beautiful illustrations while older children and adults will be fascinated by the historical details.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6 mos.-4 yrs. This handsome, large-size volume of more than 20 nursery rhymes, riddles, and tongue twisters is for the lap-sit audience and for the adults who read the verses to kids over and over again. Accompanying each rhyme is a full-page painting, with rambunctious characters, lavishly costumed in old-fashioned style; and also--for older readers--bits and pieces of folklore and history about the verse's origin and background. Most of the background notes are pompous in tone, definitely aimed at the older generation. Forget sources. Readers who want more will need to go to folklore works such as The Annotated Mother Goose. Fortunately, Montgomery's pictures are for the youngest listeners, who will find pleasure in the slapstick nonsense and the music of the chanting rhymes. "Some scholars think" that "Ring O' Roses" may refer to the Great Plague that swept Europe in the fourteenth century; others disagree. The lively illustration just shows kids having fun. Hazel Rochman.


Publisher's Weekly Review

The children's literature version of VH1's Behind the Music, Over the Candlestick: Classic Nursery Rhymes and the Real Stories Behind Them, collected by father-and-son team Michael G. Montgomery and Wayne Montgomery, illus., by Michael G. Montgomery, gives the historical scoop on such classics as "Little Miss Muffet," "Old King Cole" and "Jack and Jill." Chapters on "Riddles" and "Tongue Twisters" accompany the oldest recorded versions of the 14 tales. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 5-Fourteen well-known nursery rhymes, along with a selection of riddles and tongue twisters, are illustrated and simply explicated in large picture-book format. In his preface, Michael G. Montgomery acknowledges William and Ceil Baring-Gould's The Annotated Mother Goose (Potter, 1962; o.p.) and Iona and Peter Opie's The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1998) as sources for this "brief look at some of the real stories" behind the rhymes. The authors' engaging and accessible explanations combine information from the sources or paraphrase and simplify the Opies' detailed notes. At times, they add interpretations or questions to the explanatory notes, as when they wonder why Miss Muffet's spider would covet the unappetizing curds and whey. Compared to the abundance of excellent art the nursery rhymes have inspired, the full-page illustrations are mostly mediocre in quality, with tepid colors and cliched expressions that sometimes border on grotesque. Montgomery's figures have a still, static quality at odds with the wild anarchical movement of the text. The rhymes are better served by Faith Jaques's paintings for Zena Sutherland's The Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes (1990), which has good general background notes. There is not enough in the Montgomerys' book to warrant first purchase.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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