Thursday, August 4, 2011

6 Nursery Rhyme Picture Books

Knick Knack Paddy Whack (Fun First Steps) (Fun First Steps)Knick Knack Paddy Whack! by Steve Songs
A lively version of This Old Man, in which the old man helps the neighborhood kids form a band.
Big Fat HenBig Fat Hen by Keith Baker
My favorite version of 1,2, Buckle My Shoe, complete with many chicks!
And the Dish Ran Away with the SpoonAnd The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens
What becomes of the dish and the spoon after they run away? This book tells all.
The Bear Went Over The Mountain (Bunny Reads Back)The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
This classic children's song becomes a story about a bear who ventures out away from his mother, and then returns home.
The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock (Aladdin Picture Books)The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Ayelsworth
The mouse runs up the clock, but that's just the beginning!
The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
Traditional and not-so-traditional Mother Goose Rhymes are recast for an urban environment.

1 comment :

  1. +JMJ+

    Katie, do you know the Eugene Field poem The Duel, which begins, "The gingham dog and the calico cat/ Side by side on the table sat . . ."? I've always thought of it as an extended nursery rhyme, because it has the similar sort of simple "stock characters" that you find in a nursery rhyme but also manages to tell more of a story.

    There's something nice and complete about nursery rhymes: I suppose the mix of nonsense, meter and rhyme--plus nostalgia for the age when we're usually introduced to them--keeps us from writing them off as fluff about nothing. But I agree that each one could be the seed of a greater story. Hickory Dickory Dock, for one, sounds as if it inspired a pretty good plot!

    And now another question: did you ever watch Shelley Duvall's Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme? I was fascinated by all the characters from nursery rhymes coming alive, having a bit of a twist to them, and still being true to the verses we remember. (My favourites were a grown-up Mary and her equally grown-up Lamb, who still followed her everywhere and was the reason she couldn't keep a boyfriend. LOL!)


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