Fifty-six favorites, with familiar traditional melodies adapted from ""several nineteenth-century songbooks."" Larrick also includes a brief discussion of ""Mother Goose"" plus historical notes about 33 of the rhymes. The loose, topical arrangement, for example, groups game songs; verses about children; and lullabies. Spowart's soft, richly colored illustrations appear on every page; his gently defined figures are general rather than particular, characters in the never-never land of the imagination. An attractive lap-book as well as a good source for the tunes. Index of first lines.