AN APPALACHIAN MOTHER GOOSE by James Still

AN APPALACHIAN MOTHER GOOSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A gatherer of folklore puts a backwoods twist on familiar nursery rhymes--""Jack Pratt would not eat fat,/His wife would not eat lean,/If baked opossum was on the table/They both ate as long as able""--to which Johnson's figures, in comically ingenuous black-and-white vignettes and full-page drawings, add a suitably rural air. Catfish, sugar-tits, moonshine, ""Jockey Day,"" and griddle cakes fit into the rhymes as if they'd been there all along; Still's language, his brand of irony, and some of his ideas (Peter Pumpkin Eater's wife sells ""bows and bells/And now she keeps him very well"") have a contemporary tone that takes the collection beyond a literary exercise. It's not entirely new, but there's a distinctively personal, as well as regional, flavor that is very gratifying.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0813120926
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Univ. Press of Kentucky