GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1966
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1966
Age: infant +
Also by this author: The Snowman, Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman, UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age, and books for older audiences: When the Wind Blows, and Ethel and Ernest
There are many Mother Goose rhyme collections out there, but not many are this comprehensive. I mean this book is big. It’s not the kind of book you just sit down with every night and read cover to cover. In fact it may be more useful as a reference volume. The rhymes are not divided up into sections at all, but there is a very handy index of first lines and familiar titles at the back of the book.
From the briefest poems all the way to extended versions (ie. 14 stanzas for ‘Old Mother Hubbard’), all accompanied by lively and humorous illustrations.