Wee Willie Winkie and Other Rhymes

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Iona Opie
Candlewick Press, 1997 - Board books - 16 pages
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Babies and toddlers adore the rhymes of Mother Goose. Their rhythm, so much like the beat of a mother's heart, is the very first sound with which a child falls in love. Now four bright board books based on My Very First Mother Goose, the award-winning new classic, bring these timeless poems to the youngest children in a format designed just for them. Each enchanting: My Very First Mother Goose board book contains eight favorite rhymes collected in their most perfect form by folklorist Iona Opie. Every rhyme is accompanied by the incomparable art of Rosemary Wells, illustrations that The New York Times Book Review called "irresistible". Large letters, a generous page size, and sturdy board pages perfect these treasures and make them indispensable for any nursery.

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Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of several dozen books for children and young adults, was born in 1943 in New York City. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Wells began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing. Her first work, which she both wrote and illustrated, was Martha's Birthday, published in 1970. Her first work for young adults was The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, published in 1972. Wells is perhaps most famous for the Max series, beginning with Max's First Word, published by Dial in 1979. Although the primary audience for the series is very young children, the books appeal to the senses of humor of even small children. Wells says that the inspiration for these stories is her own children. Wells is the recipient of numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Pie award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles. Rosemary Wells is married to Thomas Moore Wells, an architect. The couple has two daughters.

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