My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts

David McPhail. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (96p) ISBN 978-1-59643-526-1
McPhail’s familiar shaggy-haired toddlers and friendly animals lend themselves to this grouping of more than 60 Mother Goose rhymes. The verses flow naturally into one another. For “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,” a bear baker prepares to put a cake (marked with a “B”) in the oven. On the following page, for “Simple Simon,” a ginger-haired boy requests a pie from an alligator baker. Elsewhere, “Little Bo-Peep” leads into the similarly ovine “Baa, baa, black sheep,” and two bouncing children, “Jack be nimble” and “Little Jumping Joan,” share a spread. Short sections also introduce basic concepts that include shapes, colors, getting dressed, and methods of transportation. McPhail’s welcoming world of anthropomorphic animals and adventurous children is as distinctive and cozy as ever. Ages 2–5. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/19/2013
Release date: 10/08/2013
Genre: Children's
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