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Big Book of Nursery Rhymes

Kali Stileman(Doubleday) Every baby should receive a nursery rhyme anthology, whether it is to celebrate their birth, their naming ceremony (or religious equivalent) or their first Christmas. They are an essential part of language development as well as developing an ear and love for rhyme and stories.There are many wonderful nursery rhyme anthologies on the market and …

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Have You Ever Ever Ever?

Colin McNaughton (text) & Emma Chichester Clark (illustrations) (Walker Books) A little boy stands alone in a deserted playground, clearly unhappy. As we are witness to his conversation with the narrator it becomes obvious he is not familiar with many classical nursery rhyme characters. But in the distance it seems someone is flying down towards him. …

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Nursery Rhymes Collections (3): Puffin Mother Goose Treasury

Raymond Briggs(Puffin) “Treasury is a good word for it. Nursery rhymes are a national treasure.” This is how Raymond Briggs opens the introduction to the re-edition of his Puffin Mother Goose Treasury, and how right he is too. Nursery rhymes are probably the most “English” things I know. That and cream tea. They ooze cultural …

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Nursery Rhymes Collections (2): My Very First Mother Goose

Iona Opie (editor) & Rosemary Wells (illustrations)(Walker Books) Anobody interested in nursery rhyme anthologies will be well aquainted with Iona Opie, an authority in the field of children’s folklore research who worked mainly with her husband Peter, with whom she wrote The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. This anthology is illustrated by American illustrator Rosemary Wells, who …