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THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE by Nina Crews Kirkus Star

THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE

By Nina Crews

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-051573-2
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Crews connects 41 nursery rhymes to full-spread, skillfully manipulated photo-collages depicting a multi-age cast of marvelously expressive children at play in various sunny, well-kept Brooklyn locales. Her visualizations are, by and large, literal: an outsized dish and spoon peer over a tall fence between brownstones, ignoring the airborne cow in the background; an itsy bitsy spider does double duty, climbing up a drain spout and frightening a brown-skinned Miss Muffet; a thumb-sized little old lady laughingly scolds 15 even tinier children as they clamber over a pair of shoes left on a carpeted stairway. Opening and closing with rooftop views of Brooklyn (look for the goose), this gathering of common and not-so-common rhymes will be a hit with young readers and pre-readers in any setting, urban or otherwise. (source note) (Nursery rhymes. 3-7)