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HEY, DIDDLE, DIDDLE by Hannah Wood


illustrated by Hannah Wood

Age Range: 0 - 3

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-58925-870-9
Publisher: Tiger Tales

More than 15 traditional rhymes make up this gentle collection for the youngest listeners.

Despite the venerable nature of the rhymes, there's plenty of modern appeal. Old Mother Hubbard drives her convertible to the market; a young mother pushes her child (Peter Piper) in the grocery store's cart in search of pickled peppers. Tradition takes a backseat to a nursery aesthetic. With her brood of children, the little old lady remains all smiles in her cozy shoe. “She gave them some broth / with plenty of bread. / Then kissed them all sweetly / and tucked them in bed.” Endpapers feature the titular rhyme's spoon and plate holding hands as they race off the page. Sometimes animals play the lead. A mouse couple (Jack Sprat and his wife) devour their meal, and a canine Yankee Doodle rides his pony. Though there is a nod to diversity, by and large, the humans are white. Animals and people share the spreads; pastel shades keep the edges soft.

An adequate introduction to whet babies' palates for more substantial nursery fare. (Board book. 0-3)