Preferred Mother Goose

July 31, 2006






When Ralph was born I made a trip to the bookstore to buy a Mother Goose Book. There were many choices so I opened them up and did a little impromptu research. Although different versions offer different benefits, I chose Sylvia Long’s and have been so happy with it. I love the illustrations and the inclusion of some uncommon nursery rhymes, but the really convincing factor for me was Ms. Long’s treatment of Rock a Bye Baby. Her baby is a baby bird with Mother and Father Bird encouraging the baby out of the nest to try it’s wings. When I saw this, suddenly a baby in the treetops was no longer so bizarre or disturbing.

I’m aware there is probably a history to Rock a Bye Baby that explains it’s bizarreness — something like Ring Around the Rosies being about some awful disease. But, if that depressing story is at all typical, I think I’m content not knowing the history of each rhyme.

One other note: after Oscar was born, my friend Rebecca brought me a stack of nesting blocks featuring these same illustrations. The blocks are beautiful and big hit with all my kids. You can buy them here.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Kirtsy
  • StumbleUpon

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

1 Erin July 31, 2006 at 5:20 pm

I love this Mother Goose. Colin’s really in the Mother Goose stage and was thinking I needed to add a new one to our collection, thanks for the reminder about Sylvia Long!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: