My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie

Age Range: 1 and up
Hardcover: 108 pages
What to expect: Nursery Rhymes, Mother Goose, Favorite Characters
To all children, words are magical. And the most magical words are the beloved words of Mother Goose. My Very First Mother Goose, a beautiful book for children, covers the world’s most favorite nursery rhymes.
From the great story of Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle, Diddle, Pussycat, Pussycat to the lesser known Milkman, Milkman, the book of Twentieth Anniversary Edition is a large volume of the most popular and meaningful classic nursery rhymes. In this book, Iona Opie, the editor, and Rosemary Wells, the illustrator, collect the best of Mother Goose’s ageless work to a brilliant shine: more than 60 rhymes appear here in four chapters of large, toddler-friendly type. Besides the old-time favorite rhymes, the 60 plus rhymes in this book include some more recent ones such as “Shoo Fly” and “Down by the Station.”

Rosemary Wells is the famous author and illustrator of the Max and Ruby series, the Yoko series and many more. In this book, she has created an engaging and exuberant world filled with distinctive characters guaranteed to delight the youngest child. Her sweet and precocious animals bring the tales to real life and attract even the smallest children to flip the pages. The scenes in the book sometimes look like in old-time England or the rural hills of America. Besides, she chooses to use the bold color that will help to entrance little readers and bring excitement to these classic tales. Unlike many compilations of nursery rhymes, each page of this book is really colorful and interesting with inventive pictures, decorated letters, and tiny hidden easter egg-type surprises. The characters in the pictures often have their own conversations that help to increase the richness and interest to the rhymes.
Iona Opie’s fine research in the world of nursery rhymes has made My Very First Mother Goose become a special treasure that will enhance any child’s library. Although there are many distinguished entries in the nursery-rhyme book section, this book certainly adds special joy to any collection.