Using the same large format as last year's The Nightingale, Demi illustrates 22 traditional rhymes in delicate pen and watercolor. The rhymes are well chosen to display both the similar interests of Children everywhere (toys, picnics, small events in the natural world) and the exotic Chinese background (Great Wall, dragons, silkworms). As Paul Hazard pointed out, only English language children are lucky enough to bare a funny, vigorous Mother Goose. By comparison, these verses are pallid and don't scan well, yet they have sprightly appeal and give a valuable glimpse into a fascinating world. Demi's paintings are full of minute detail, conveying more information than the verses. Charming in total effect, they are marred only by the coy expressions on some of the faces.