Words and rhymes are new and magical to small children. And the most magical of all are those of Mother Goose. Now, in My Very First Mother Goose, folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect form. From "Humpty Dumpty" to "I see the moon" and "Jack be nimble," these are the rhymes that have been recited and relished by countless generations, the rhymes that are every child's birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that are sure to prove equally enduring, My Very First Mother Goose captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Rosemary Wells has created an entire world in her extraordinary illustrations with characters both familiar and new and with endearing details on every page. A landmark in children's literature, My Very First Mother Goose promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for many years to come.
Folklorist Opie has gathered more than 60 treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. Wells' wonderful watercolors capture the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. (Baby/Preschool)
Iona Opie has dedicated her life to collecting and preserving children's rhymes as an art form. "I suppose my message in life is 'Nursery rhymes are good for you.' And the sooner you start, the better. I always have one myself every morning. I just open a nursery rhyme book at random. This morning I read:
Taffy was born on a
His head in a pipskin,
his heels upright.
You see, if you acquire a nursery rhyme-ical attitude, you're not at all put out by life's little bumps and bruises—they just seem funny and entirely normal."
Rosemary Wells says, "We live in a time when our language is shrinking. Mother Goose, which represents our language at its most innocent, playful, and profound, is in danger of disappearing completely. Rhymes that have been repeated and refined for forty generations are no longer being taught to children. It is a great honor to work with Iona Opie with the hope of preserving these rhymes for many generations more." Rosemary wells lives in New York.
A lovely 20th-anniversary edition of the acclaimed 1996 collaboration between illustrator Rosemary Wells and editor Iona Opie. Here some 60 classic nursery rhymes are set amid ink-and-watercolor pictures as quirky as they are cozy.
—The Wall Street Journal
It's been 20 years since world-renowned folklorist Iona Opie and beloved illustrator Rosemary Wells (who Opie firmly believes is Mother Goose's second cousin) published the ultimate--and award-winning--nursery rhyme collection My Very First Mother Goose. With this anniversary edition (sporting a fetching new pale-yellow cover), another generation of young children will clap their hands, wiggle their toes and sing-song along to 60 "eccentric, funny, goluptious, haphazard" rhymes...Every household needs this book.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers