Mother Goose

The Mother of All Rhymes (from the New York Times Book Review)

“Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose.” Illustrated by Scott Gustafson (Greenwich Workshop Press)
“Motehr Goose’s Little Treasures.” By Iona Opie. Illustrated by Rosemary Wells (Candlewick Press)

When the rain raineth
And the goose winketh,
Little knows the gosling
What the goose thinketh.

It used to be that nursery rhymes were kept alive and passed down through the generations by recitation. In our own memory-challenged era, Ma Goose’s opus is being translated into other media and routinely appears in print, often in oversize books meant for children and decorated with gorgeous illustrations. Since the verses change little, what distinguishes these offerings is their pictures.

“Favorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose.” Illustrated by Scott Gustafson (Greenwich Workshop Press)
“Mother Goose. Numbers on the Loose.” Written and illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon (Harcourt)

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Writer/critic/professor/journalist: children’s literature, culture, film, travel. Seven books, 100's of essays in NY&LA Times.

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Jerry Griswold

Writer/critic/professor/journalist: children’s literature, culture, film, travel. Seven books, 100's of essays in NY&LA Times.