Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes

Zena Sutherland, Author, Z. Sutherland, Author, Faith Jaques, Illustrator Scholastic $22.95 (88p) ISBN 978-0-531-05903-6
Noted children's literature specialist Sutherland's collection is a particularly fresh and satisfying entry in a crowded field. The selections are sequenced with care, and include many familiar favorites--from lullabies (``Hush Little Baby'') to cumulative tales (``The House that Jack Built'') to classic songs (``Mary Had a Little Lamb).'' Sprinkled throughout the verses, Jaques's bustling illustrations brim with pleasingly old-fashioned details. Particularly inviting are the rustic landscapes, interiors, decorations and animals, though her figures are somewhat less successful. Sutherland's accessible, informative ``Selector's Notes'' provide background for interested adult readers, while Jaques offers a similar afterword regarding her art. Those seeking an attractive, well-designed nursery rhyme anthology would do well to consider this ``dainty dish.'' All ages. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1990
Release date: 08/01/1990
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