Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

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Artisan Books, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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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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Large pictures on every page!

User Review  - First Mom - Target

Just what I expected. Book of nursery rhymes with all the classics - brings back memories. There's on rhyme on each page, with large colorful pictures. Great value. Read full review

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User Review  - aclemen1 - LibraryThing

1. Humpty Dumpty- This nursery rhyme is a classic known by many. It is about fragility, and how easy it is for things to fall apart, but not as easy to put back together. 2. Little Bo Peep- Another ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Scott Gustafson's classic style, inspired by artists from the Golden Age of Illustration, is immediately recognizable. His books have won awards, and his artwork has appeared on greeting cards, puzzles, fabric, collector's plates, and wall calendars, as well as on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. He has received an Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book and a Chesly Award for Best Interior Artwork.

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