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Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose [Hardcover]

Scott Gustafson
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Sept. 1 2007
From nonsense to lessons learned, these 45 rhymes include the very well known (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and the somewhat familiar (Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen). The truly fantastic pictures speak more than a thousand words as artist Scott Gustafson riffs in paint on themes present and imagined in each verse.

Nursery rhymes are classic, and so are some of the artist's interpretations. But other paintings are surprises, like an anthropomorphic baking bear, a pelican sea captain, and Peter Piper as a pug on two legs. Welcome to a world where "There Was a Crooked Man" is not about a hunchbacked senior but rather a madcap, double-jointed dandy who might be "crooked" in more ways than one. Jack (Be Nimble) is a leaping cricket and Yankee Doodle a fun-loving chipmunk on a fullsize horse.

Scott Gustafson's unique style, influenced by legendary book illustrators Arthur Rackham and N. C. Wyeth, makes this a volume to be treasured by children and illustrated-book lovers of all ages.

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Scott Gustafson's first artistic inspirations were Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons. He pursued animation at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia College, but the discovery of book illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, Arthur Rackham, and Norman Rockwell galvanized him. His previous books include The Night Before Christmas, The Nutcracker, and Peter Pan. With Greenwich Workshop Press, he has created two original titles, Alphabet Soup and Animal Orchestra, as well as Classic Fairy Tales and Classic Bedtime Stories.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I searched for the perfect Mother Goose book and this was what I came up with. Page after page of nursery rhyme (many of them I grew up with but some were new to me) and beautiful illustrations. Most of the illustrations are animal characters which just adds to the enjoyment of this book. My boys and I love it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite for Mom and Toddler Jan. 16 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is my two year old's favorite book. She requests it by asking, "Mama read, Goosey, Goosey, Gander." (a line from one of the nursery rhymes.) I absolutely love reading it to her because the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I showed it to my best friend and she is making a whole nursery theme based on the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift Dec 27 2012
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Beautiful pictures and some of my favorite nursery rhymes. Great for a small child, they will love the big illistrations
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good April 24 2011
Format:Hardcover
Well its Nursery Rhymes, and of course there are a lot of rhymes to read to your kids. Though the art work is excellent I feel a comic strip instead of one picture would of convey the rhymes better to kids who cant read to see where the rhymes are going and what do they mean.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  123 reviews
285 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pluses and Minuses Versus Four Other Mother Goose Books Sept. 18 2009
By ReviewerWhoPrefersToBeAnonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you're reading this on Amazon, you probably want to know how this book compares with other large-format Mother Goose nursery rhyme books. Here's my comparison of this book with four others.

This book (Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson, ISBN 978-0867130973) -- 45 rhymes. Published 2007. PLUSES: Illustrations (oil paintings) are large, detailed, varied, and fanciful; think a combination of Norman Rockwell, Walt Disney, and Salvador Dali. My favorites include "Jack Be Nimble" with Jack as a grasshopper, and "Simple Simon" as a monkey and the pieman as a gorilla. Several illustrations offset the "politically incorrect" aspects of the corresponding rhymes (e.g., for "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-Eater" a squirrel couple serves pie to a boy in front of their pumpkin house). Some illustrations depict black and Asian children. MINUSES: Because only the first 1-4 verses from each rhyme is given, "Old Mother Hubbard" is missing a lot of verses. With the smallest selection of rhymes of the books reviewed here, it may not have some that your child may like (e.g., "Three Little Kittens"). SUMMARY: 5 stars.

Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses, ISBN 0060081716 -- Published 2005. PLUSES: If you like Engelbreit's artistic style, this book is for you. A number of illustrations depict black and Asian children. Has some uncommon rhymes (e.g., "Three Little Ghostesses" and "Terrence McDiddler"). I found no violent rhymes. MINUSES: Some illustrations do not fit the rhymes well. As one example, Jack Sprat's wife appears to have some "lean" vegetables and fruits on her side of the table (though certainly a much larger quantity of food than Jack himself). As another example, "Three Little Kittens" shows the kittens in large mittens on a clothesline, while the rhyme calls on them to be losing and putting on the mittens. Some pages (22, 28, 69, 76, 90, 93, 112, 117) have two rhymes on them, which might be slightly confusing, but on the other hand it might also be fun for kids to guess the relationship between the two rhymes on a page (e.g., "Red sky at night" and "Touch blue" both deal with colors). SUMMARY: 4 stars.

My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells, ISBN 1564026205 -- 68 rhymes. Published 1996. Organized into four chapters ("Jack and Jill," "Hey Diddle, Diddle," "Little Jumping Joan," and "The Moon Sees Me"), although I couldn't figure out why certain rhymes fell into certain chapters. The large majority of the illustrations feature animals acting like people. PLUSES: Interplay of text and engaging watercolor illustrations is more creative than in any other book reviewed here. For example, "There was a crooked man" has many small illustrations for the rhyme, while the text of "Pop goes the weasel" is contained within the large illustration. Font sizes vary considerably, from very large to moderately small, and the large initial letters of many rhymes are painted with something relevant to the rhyme (e.g., train tracks for "From Wibbleton to Wobbleton"). Extra information -- like tiny illustrations for cake-making under the main "Pat-a-cake" illustration, and four constellations' names for "Star light, star bright" -- add to the variety. I found no sexist or violent rhymes. Has some uncommon rhymes (e.g., "Mrs. Mason bought a basin"). MINUSES: Some illustrations may be confusing; for example, "Humpty Dumpty" is an actual (from-the-chicken) small egg that gets knocked to the ground, not a "living character" as in other books. Non-Christians may question the inclusion of two "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John" rhymes toward the end. SUMMARY: 5 stars.

The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright, ISBN 0590225170 -- 305 rhymes. First published 1916. Typography and illustrations (almost all of which depict people as opposed to animals acting like people) are either "nostalgic" (if you like them) or "old-fashioned" (if you don't). It has the smallest page size (8.5"x11") of the books reviewed here. PLUSES: Probably the most well-known, "classic" collection. Includes uncommon rhymes (e.g., "Comical Folk") and longer rhymes (e.g., "This is the House that Jack Built") not in the other books. MINUSES: I compared the current (1994 Scholastic/Cartwheel Books) printing with a previous (1991 Checkerboard Press) printing, and the color in the illustrations is less saturated than before. Has some rhymes and illustrations that could be considered "politically incorrect" (violent, sexist, etc.) such as "Little Polly Flinders" (in which a mother "whipped her little daughter") and "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-Eater" (picturing a woman stuck inside a pumpkin). Multiple rhymes on each page could be confusing to young readers. SUMMARY: 4 stars.

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever (Giant Little Golden Book), ISBN 0307155781 -- 50 rhymes. First published 1964. PLUSES: Endearing large illustrations feature animals acting like people. The use of pigs is especially nice (e.g., a clothed pig stealing a gingerbread pig for "Tom, Tom, the piper's son" and Georgie Porgie as a boy pig "snouting" a girl pig). Has some uncommon rhymes (e.g., "The cat sat asleep by the side of the fire"). MINUSES: Has some rhymes and illustrations that could be considered sexist (e.g., "When I was a bachelor" and "I had a little hen") or violent (e.g., "Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum" and "Taffy Was a Welshman"). There is a certain monotony to the illustrations, and all of them follow their rhymes fairly literally, so I'm not sure they would hold older children's attention well. SUMMARY: 4 stars.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully appropriate choice Nov. 4 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Graced with museum quality artwork by Scott Gustafson, the Greenwich Workshop edition of "Favorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose" is one of those rare books that will please and enchant readers of all ages from preschoolers to grandparents. This coffee table sized volume is a compilation of opening lines from an impressive and extensive series of classic children's rhymes ranging from Jack and Jill; Humpty Dumpty; Three Blind Mice; and Wee Willy Winkie; to Little Jack Horner, Peter Piper; Old King Cole; and Little Boy Blue. While "Favorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose" is enthusiastically and unreservedly recommended for family book shelves, it would also make a wonderfully appropriate choice for community library Memorial Fund collections and would grace the personal collection of anyone appreciative of fine art.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to treasure, Gustafson's done it again. Oct. 11 2007
By J. P. C. Wit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Can you remember those books you read as a child, that you would just grab again and again or kept taking home from the library? Those big books filled with the most colourful paintings of lively characters and engaging worlds you would just keep gazing at? Well, once again, master illustrator/painter/storyteller Scott Gustafson has created precisely such a book. Gustafson's narrative talent, wonderful sense of colour, layout, characters and uncanny grasp on the craft of oil painting make for a book that you and your child will treasure well beyond childhood.
A masterpiece that comes at this price should have you adding it to your shopping card without any more thinking, I can not recommend it highly enough.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you could only buy one edition of Mother Goose, Let this be the one! Dec 13 2007
By The Illustrated Home Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Scott Gustafson's illustrations absolutely MAKE this book. I collect children's books and own many editions and variations of Mother Goose but the illustrations in this one make it the premier copy to own or give as a gift. No child or library should be without one.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose this over other Mother Goose collections Jan. 25 2008
By an avid book reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This collection stands out in both the quality of production of the book and content. The pages are sturdy, the colors vibrant and the layout accessible. Only one Mother Goose rhyme is depicted for each double-page spread. Many other collections have several rhymes on one page, making a cluttered feeling and undeveloped illustrations. Gustafson's paintings are whimsical and not at all frightening, even when the rhyme may be (think Jack and Jill, and Three Blind Mice).
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