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The Neighborhood Mother GooseEvery day children the world over sing shout and celebrate Mother Goose rhymes And now there's a new reason to cheer Nina Crews has added her own remarkabl. A contemporary Mother Goose set in Brooklyn with photographs of children at playIntended Age Group 3 7 To many people nursery rhymes seem dead and static—they are read merely for tradition’s sake or because your child’s other grandmother’s sister gave you a book of them and it’s cluttering your shelf Mother Goose books are often illustrated with pictures of bonnet clad children and members of the European peasantry as well as workers like candlestick makers whom we tend not to encounter in our daily lives If you’ve felt this way check out the Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews This updated version takes place not in the European countryside but in modern day Brooklyn Her fanciful photographic collages of energetic children outside parks shoe stores and markets provide a backdrop to the verses and it works the pulse of urban life and the movement of the children accentuates the rhythmic ualities of the rhymes and breathes new life into them Mary Mary uite Contrary waters flowers in a community garden and Ride a Cock Horse takes place on the carousel in Prospect Park Crews is also a master of digital special effects Boys watch a cow jumping over the moon between buildings on a city block; a real cat plays a fiddle in a concrete yard On the last page instead of a wizened old lady in glasses and a witch’s hat we see a real snow goose watching the sunset from a city rooftop In sum the Neighborhood Mother Goose is great for introducing children to rhyming verse; it’s also a multiethnic visual feast full of surprises and fun Reviewers agreed that this book catapulted Mother Goose into the present and praised Crews’ imagination and skill in photographing children in a way that captures their joy and looks natural The book received many starred reviews and was chosen as an ALA NotableBest Book in 2005 The Horn Book MayJune 2004 approved of her choice of multiethnic children—the review was very descriptive and enthusiastic and listed many examples of how she illustrated the rhymes They also liked how she included some lesser known rhymes and “makes the familiar rhymes seem new” A Publisher’s Weekly 12604 review was similiarly helpful describing the book well and listing many examples of the artwork the reviewer admired

REVIEW The Neighborhood Mother Goose

READ ½ The Neighborhood Mother Goose Ï Every day children the world over sing shout and celebrate Mother Goose rhymes And now there's a new reason to cheer Nina Crews has added her own remarkable jazzy style of illustration to a collection of forty one favorite verses Whether it's Jack jumping over a candlestick atop a cupcake Georgie Porgie kiE jazzy style of illustration to a collection of forty one favorite verses Whether it's Jack jumping over a candlestick atop a cupcake Georgie Porgie kissi. Nina Crews brings familiar Mother Goose rhymes to life with her digitally altered photographs in her book The Neighborhood Mother Goose She brilliantly chose backgrounds and people from all walks of life to illustrate the rhymes she used from The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes The Annotated Mother Goose and others she changed from versions passed down through oral tradition My favorite rhyme in the book is “Jack Be Nimble” because she has combined a photograph of a boy jumping with a photograph of a lit candle in a cupcake that looks larger than the boy The white font on top of the party background is a great example of how Nina Crews put thought behind every piece of her book I would recommend this book to readers that are looking for a way to demonstrate the continued importance of rhymes and oral tradition with a modern twist

Nina Crews Ð 1 READ

Ng the girls at the playground or a fine lady riding a white horse on the carousel this exuberant treasury is sure to be read and enjoyed over and over aga. The Neighborhood Mother Goose Author Nina CrewsGenre Mother Goose Books Fables Themes RhymingOpening linesentence Hey diddle diddle The cat and the fiddle the cow jumped over the moon The little dog laughed to see such a sport and the dish ran away with the spoon Brief Book Summary This book contains many of the rhyming songs that children love to sing It contains popular rhymes such as Pat a Cake Pat a Cake Ring Around the Rosie and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Professional RecommendationReview #1Horn Book Guide OnlineLink PS Modern day urban settings popping with color with real live children acting out the parts give these rhymes a new twist The compositions are digitally collaged yet natural lookingProfessional RecommendationReview #2 Samantha Casselli First Grade TeacherPhone Interview“I have actually used this book when I taught Kindergarten It is great for repetition and predictability the kids knew the words after the second day we read from the book The children were entertained by the fun pictures since this book is modern than older nursery rhyme books”Response to Two Professional Reviews Both reviews concluded that this book is up to date than other nursery rhyme books The vibrant and loud colors add to the children’s interest in the book as both reviews mentioned Casselli’s review mentioned that it is good for repetition and predictability something the other review failed to mention Evaluation of Literary ElementsThis book has realistic pictures mixed with abstract and unrealistic things cows in the sky giant china plates etc This entertains children and also draws their attention The illustrations and the realistic pictures mimic what the nursery rhymes say thus adding to a child’s understanding of the book through illustrationspictures Consideration of Instructional ApplicationI could use this book during a rhyming lesson to teach different patterns and schemes Also I could read this to my students everyday so they memorize each one with hand motions This will teach children fine motor skills I can also have them create their own nursery rhyme and draw an illustration for it as an activity after reading it together as a class