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Noted children's literature specialist Sutherland's collection is a particularly fresh and satisfying entry in a crowded field. The selections are sequenced with care, and include many familiar favorites--from lullabies (``Hush Little Baby'') to cumulative tales (``The House that Jack Built'') to classic songs (``Mary Had a Little Lamb).'' Sprinkled throughout the verses, Jaques's bustling illustrations brim with pleasingly old-fashioned details. Particularly inviting are the rustic landscapes, interiors, decorations and animals, though her figures are somewhat less successful. Sutherland's accessible, informative ``Selector's Notes'' provide background for interested adult readers, while Jaques offers a similar afterword regarding her art. Those seeking an attractive, well-designed nursery rhyme anthology would do well to consider this ``dainty dish.'' All ages. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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A collection of familiar short verses, including Mother Goose rhymes, tongue twisters, and nonsense poems, with illustrations set in 18th-century England and France. Sutherland draws together a sizable collection (77 entries) of nursery rhymes that will appeal to both parents and children. One or two rhymes are arranged with illustrations per page making the book best suited for lap sharing. The introduction and ``Selector's Notes'' provide background information for interested adults but point serious scholars to other sources. Jaques' brightly colored drawings give vibrant life to the well-known verses. Her attention to research is reflected in many details, from clothes to wallpaper to cooking utensils. With the help of the ``Illustrator's Notes'' at the end of the book, parents can explain how the pictures represent upper- and lower-class life in another time period and explore a new dimension of the rhymes. The Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes is similar in format and content to the Random House Book of Mother Goose (Random, 1986), selected and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, and Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose (Putnam, 1985). The Lobel and dePaola cartoonlike illustrations may have more immediate child appeal, but Jaques' formal approach will be increasingly appreciated as each rereading brings new surprises. Any library in need of a new look at an ever popular subject will be capably served by this effort. --Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, County of Henrico Public Library--Fairfield Area Library, Richmond, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Ages 1-6. Sutherland's new collection of 72 rhymes contains carefully chosen samples of familiar and lesser known fare from a variety of nursery rhyme styles: counting and alphabet rhymes, games, riddles, songs, fingerplays, tongue twisters, and cumulative rhymes. Selections such as "I Saw a Ship A-sailing," "The Three Little Kittens," and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" appear on double- or multi-page spreads; however, shorter rhymes are grouped by theme, such as "Bye, Baby Bunting" and "Rock-a-bye, Baby"; by natural segue, as with "Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?" and "Three Blind Mice"; or by alliterative romps like "Little Tommy Tucker," "Little Polly Flinders," "Little Boy Blue," and "Little Miss Muffet." The balanced placement of illustration and text in the layout accords generous white space to the Bembo Roman typeface (18 pt on 24 leading) reminiscent of primary school print charts and pleasing to the eye of both experienced readers and a young audience eager to recognize letters. Jacques' meticulous illustrations and decorations are a perfect complement to the text; precise in period details, finely colored, and sculpted with subtle shadings, they evoke the eighteenth century in a paean to the first printed collections of nursery rhymes. ~--Linda ~Callaghan