Wednesday, September 9, 2009

REVIEW: Mother Goose

Moses, W.  (2003).  Mother Goose.  New York:  Philomel Books.


Moses begins this picturebook with several of the Mother Goose rhymes shared on one page.  Among the first poems shared are Little Bo-Peep and Humpty Dumpty.  From there the reader turns to discover a traditional European landscape that includes all of the rhymes from the previous page.  Mother Goose continues in that structure for the rest of the book:  Share six Mother Goose rhymes, show a landscape that depicts all six of the rhymes.  The picturebook turns into a high-end matching game, if you will, helping young readers to remember the rhymes they just read or heard and to create visuals for those rhymes.

Moses's illustrations are beautifully painted, capturing historical European life with brush strokes that ever so vaguely reminded me of Monet's.

Other rhymes included are:  There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin eater, Three Blind Mice, It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring, etc.  All the favorite classics, plus some less known ones!


Aside from matching the rhymes to the right part of the picture page, students could also examine the illustrations closely and create their own stories about what could happen in the towns.

Since the seasons change among the illustrations, a teacher could also talk about time passing.

A teacher could also lead students to discuss the fact that there wasn't actually any one real Mother Goose.

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