Books I read

Book I Read: The Real Mother Goose, illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright

Description on Takealot

For more than 75 years “The Real Mother Goose” has been delighting thousands of boys and girls, and the magic is as strong as ever. All the familiar verses are here, exactly as they have been repeated from generation to generation.

What says I

Other than Aesop’s Fables, The Great Mother Goose is one of my favs. It has about 75 rhymes which many generations of little people (and the odd grown-up) enjoyed. We’ve read this book twice already. 

I find myself very excited when I notice a variation of the more popular rhymes in movies and novels. But I have to mention that we borrowed a library book once that had (let’s call it indiginised rhymes) variations of Mother Goose. I really did not appreciate it.

My favorite verse of all the Mother Goose rhymes are If All The Seas Were One Sea and it goes like this:

If all the seas were one sea,

What a great sea that would be!

And if all the trees were one tree,

What a great tree that would be!

And if all the axes were one axe,

What a great axe that will be!

And if all the men were one man,

What a great man he would be!

And if the great man took the great axe, 

And cut down the great tree,

And let it fall in the great sea,

What a splish splash that would be!

There are many opinions about the necessity of rhymes for young ones and I agree mostly with all of them. In my opinion though, rhymes have a special way of breaking open a child’s imagination. I don’t know how or why but I saw it with both my boys. The older one would eat up everything for face value but dream alongside myself while listening to the verse. Whereas the younger one, noticed rhyme or the lack thereof. He also wondered about the metaphors which opened up loads of opportunity to expand and develop his imagination. To this day my oldest is the dreamer and the younger very much the logical and strategic thinker. Nonetheless, they loves this book as much as I did and still recall happy memories while reading this book.

When I ordered the book initially, I ordered this coloring book by accident. Complete with stained glass paper on which the drawings were printed. It’s a beautiful companion to the book of rhymes with coloring pages of the known rhymes. 

Read what others have to say

YA Books Central has a great review. It made me happy that the classics still resonate with modern readers.
Little eLit reviewed an ebook. I do feel though that paper books make the experience more memorable.  NYTimes always get me excited with their narratives on books.

And in reading other reviews I found this book review about a book I’ve never read. But part of the name is Real Mother Goose. The Librarians seem to find its way on my to read list…
Where to connect with the author

Unfortunately the writer is no more or rather not clearly known but I found this…

The Real Mother Goose is a whole website dedicated to this lovely book and everything about it.
Today I Found Out did research for us about the origin of all the rhymes in this book. There is a lot to learn from this post. Thanks Today I Found Out for sharing this!
Where to buy this book

Takealot (South African readers) Amazon (worldwide) Bookdepository (Worldwide) Audiobook from Learn out Loud
The coloring book is here:

And that is it from me for now

Until next time sweet peeps!

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