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Friday, September 21, 2007

Poetry Friday: Two Books, One Book Giveaway and a Picture Book Carnival

I had a little nut-tree,
nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg and a golden pear;
The king of Spain's daughter came to visit me,
And all because of my little nut-tree.
I skipped over water,
I danced over sea.
And all the birds in the air
couldn't catch me.

-Mother Goose

My four year old just learned this rhyme in preschool and has been entertaining us at dinnertime with this song. Every day for a whole week. She loves rhymes and if you can put it into song, it is even better.

A few weeks ago, I came home to find a surprise package from a publisher. I was pleased to see Mother Goose's Little Treasures by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells, pictured on the left. Thank you, Candlewick Press.

Iona Opie is considered to be a world authority on children's rhymes. She has collected some little known treasures for this lovely book. These sweet rhymes are perfectly paired with the charming illustrations of Rosemary Wells. My children have all grown up with Rosemary Wells--they are huge fans of Max & Ruby and Timothy Goes to School.

I have to admit, I've never heard of most of these nursery rhymes, so it was interesting to read them. Children who are learning to read will enjoy following along with the large, easy to read type in a color similar to this. Children will delight in the charming watercolor illustrations, many which have the sweet animal characters Rosemary Wells does so well. Now I have to figure out if we can put any of these into song.

Mother Goose's Little Treasures
by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
Published: August 2007
Book received from Publisher


When we went to our favorite bookstore last week, my first grader immediately saw this paperback book, Emily's First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells and really wanted it. MC is a numbers girl and couldn't wait to dive into this book. This oversized paperback picture book is jam packed with learning opportunities for math, reading and writing. Add the colorful drawings and delightful stories, and your kindergartener or first grade child will discover how fun the first 100 days of school can be.

My child really loves this book, so I went and picked up another copy for my book giveaway. Comment below for a chance to win this delightful paperback book! Edited to add: I forgot to add the deadline for this, which would be helpful, wouldn't it? Comment by Sunday, September 23rd at 11pm EST to be entered into this Book Giveaway.

Emily's First 100 Days of School
by Rosemary Wells
Published: September 2005
Purchased this Book


For those of you who love all things picture books, Literacy Teacher is organizing the third Picture Book Carnival. Submissions are due by October 5th. So round up your posts and send them in!


Sara Lewis Holmes is hosting Poetry Friday today. Go on over, submit your Poetry Friday post, and read away. Have a great weekend!


Sara said...

Don't you love it when four-year-olds become obsessed? Mine learned "You're a Grand Old Dad" (to the tune of You're a Grand Old Flag) and we still remember that June as the Month of That Song. We giggle and sing snatches to her, and she's 18 now. :)

Love Rosemary Wells, too!

TadMack said...

I'd actually never even heard that Mother Goose! My preschool years were lacking!! How cute that she sings that for you at dinner!

Nowheymama said...

Yay, Rosemary Wells!

Have you read "The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose" by Pamela Duncan Edwards? It is Katherine's current favorite book. She read it in school last year and asked for her own copy. It's really cute.

Karen E. said...

Thanks for all the great book recommendations. Ramona and I are headed to the library today ....

Charlotte said...

I like the Little Nut Tree song rather a lot myself. The change from tree to the journey over the water is so mysterious. Perhaps Spanish galleons searching for New World Treasure?

And I also like Rosemary Wells' school stories, and Emily looks especially tasty!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I didn't know about this new collection (or rather, new to me) from Opie and Wells. Thanks! The "little nut tree" song has been going through my head lately, so it was a tiny jolt to see the poem this morning.

I already have Emily's first One Hundred Days of School, so count me out of the drawing, but I love it as well as My Kindergarten. We're all fans of Diane Duck, Emily's first best friend and connisseur of red toenail polish (on a duck!).

Becky said...

I'm excited to look at that Mother Goose book. I love Rosemary Wells as well. I'd love to be entered for the book giveaway. Thanks.


Susan said...

Count me in as another Rosemary Wells fan. I'm glad to hear about the new book.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

HipWriterMama, I just love your posts every day. Thanks for all you do to promote literature. I alway take note and purchase the books later. You rock!

Liz in Ink said...

How is it that I never knew Little Nut Tree?!??!!? Committing to memory. Right now...

Cloudscome said...

Ooooh pick me! We want that book at our house! I will have to look for that Mother Goose book too. It looks great.

Sara said...

Hey, hipwritermama! Your little nut tree did bear some fruit: You've won the Poetry Friday random drawing! Ding, ding, ding!

Email me so I can figure out how to send it to you.