Children's Books: Ma Goose Flies Again
Wall Street Journal
The early years of reading aloud at bedtime are precious not only for inculcating a love of books but also for introducing children to classics that will tie them culturally to the generations that have come before. It is hard to get more classic than Mother Goose, that sprawling collection of rhymes and doggerel originating centuries ago in France and England. Long a fixture in American nurseries, Mother Goose has come to us from the pens of many different illustrators over the years, and in collections that vary widely. For a riveting and visually airy new edition, "The McElderry Book of Mother Goose," Petra Mathers has taken care to include favorites such as "Hey, Diddle Diddle" and "Hickory, Dickory, Dock." Yet she has also reached back into the archives and revived some of the grimmer and sadder poems that have otherwise largely disappeared from contemporary Mother Goose collections.
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