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My Very First Mother Goose

My Very First Mother Goose

1996 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 4 yrs.
Author: Iona Opie
Illustrator: Rosemary Wells
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 1-56402-620-5
Hardcover Price: $21.99
Iona Opie, who with her late husband gathered the world's most scholarly collections of British verse for children, combines classic nursery rhymes with an equal number of others unfamiliar to the American ear ("From Wibbleton to Wobbleton," "Elsie Marley's grown so fine," etc.). The rhythmical mixture makes a generous volume distinctive; it's simultaneously pungent, sweet and salty. Rosemary Wells' watercolors have uproarious good humor and unfailing tenderness.
John Cech   ©1996 Parents' Choice
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the author of a number of children's books and, most recently, of Angels and Wild Things, a scholarly study of the works of Maurice Sendak. (1996 bio)

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