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The Real Mother Goose: "200 Illustrated Story"

The Real Mother Goose: "200 Illustrated Story"

The Real Mother Goose: "200 Illustrated Story"

4/5 (297 ratings)
132 pages
1 hour
Aug 7, 2015


Blanche Fisher Wright is children's books illustrator, active in the 1910s. She is best known as being the illustrator of The Real Mother Goose, originally published in 1916.


About the Bush
The Alphabet
An Equal
An Icicle
Around the Green Gravel
As I Was Going Along
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Baby Dolly
The Balloon
The Bells
Banbury Cross
Bandy Legs
Bat, Bat
Bell Horses
Bessy Bell and Mary Gray
Betty Blue
Billy, Billy
Birds of a Feather
The Bird Scarer
The Black Hen
The Blacksmith
Blue Bell Boy
Bobby Shaftoe
Bobby Snooks
Boy and Girl
Boy and the Sparrow
The Boy in the Barn
The Bunch of Blue Ribbons
Burnie Bee
Bye, Baby Bunting
Caesar's Song
A Candle
The Cat and the Fiddle
A Cherry
A Chimney
Christmas ... to

The Winds
The Woman of Exeter
Young Lambs to Sell
Young Roger and Dolly ...

Aug 7, 2015

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  • (4/5)
     This book is so simple with traditional rhymes, riddles, songs, poetry and stories. Its a great book to teach children about rhymes and poetry.
  • (4/5)
    The Real Mother Goose may not include my favorite kids’ rhyme to teach college freshmen. Many memorize it at first hearing:“Little Robin Redbreast Sitting on a pole—Niddle noddle went his headAnd poop went his hole.”That was printed in early Mother Goose books in England, but maybe suppressed (like Sir John Suckling’s “Love is the fart / Of every heart,” 1646) until unearthed in the last few decades.Speaking of England, these have a distinctly British accent, like "Little Robin Redbreast": that's the British bird, very small, while the American Robin is good-sized for a songbird. And "Itsy, bitsy spider went up the garden spout": it's the outdoor yard spout--the British word for "yard" is "garden." And there are more, yet we consider them American nursery rhymes.I wonder how many kids learn Mother Goose now, maybe fewer than when I read ‘em to my kids four decades ago, though of course I’d learned dozens as a kid, and maybe now many learn from parents who also learned by hearing, not reading. Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, Little Boy Blue come blow your horn, and especially, “Rain, rain, go awayCome again some other day,Little Johnny wants to play.”I say this in the rainy aftermath of Hurricane Michael on our south New England coast. Lots about shepherd kids and their sheep, some about pigs (and "This little piggy"), and of course much about field and hills,“Jack and Jill went up the hillTo fetch a pail of water.Jack fell down and broke his crown,And Jill came tumbling after.”Maybe this one needs revision; it suggests females can not avoid males’ calamities. I’m quite sure as a kid my sense of Jack’s broken crown was in fact a diadem, not a brain hemorrhage. Besides rural geography, there’s many food references, like“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,Baker’s man.Bake me a cake As fast as you can.Pat it, and prick it,And mark it with T.Put it in the oven For Tommy and me.”But the most comprehensive dietary assessment, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat,His wife could eat no lean;And so, betwixt them both,They licked the platter clean.” Debates about the health of fat or meat go back at least to the Renaissance, and Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy— which dicusses the effect of meat on depression (the Renaissance word for it, in the title).Some are satires on cuteness, like “There was a little girl/ Who had a little curl,/ Right in the middle of her forehead./ When she was good, /She was very, very good;/ But when she was bad, she was horrid.” Longfellow wrote that, and the little curly girl strikes up an upstairs fit her mom mistakes for the boys’ fighting.Then there's the astronomical ones, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star...like a diamond in the sky." Romeo tells us Juliet's eyes would be brighter than the fairest stars. But we are still on the nursery level about stars, "How I wonder what you are, / Up above the world so high...." And the meteorological ones, "Itsy, bitsy spider/ Went up the garden spout./ Down came the rain and/ Washed the spider out.// Out came the sun and/ Dried up all the rain./ The itsy, bitsy spider / Climbed up the spout again."Many of the rhymes urge kids into athletic or physical skills, “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,/ Jack jump over the Candle-stick.” Wonder what kids make of this if they’ve never seen a candlestick—or, implied in the verse, a candle in it, unless it’s a very tall candle-holder, which the past did feature.
  • (5/5)
    I grew up reading and hearing these nursery rhymes. There is something magical and very comfortable about the words.
  • (5/5)
    Summary: When people think of Mother Goose books, this is the tome they think of! With the rich color prints and black and white drawings throughout the poetry, this is one of the first books for children ever purchased by families. The cover is a material covered in a color print of a witch riding a large goose carrying a baby in her basket. Some of the poems are not politically correct for 2008 but most still have their charm and certainally all have their place in history. Some poems and sing-song chants started to warn children or to scare them into being good. This collection of poems is something most children are exposed to and I would consider to be a staple of all libraries.Review:The book from 1916 belongs to my collection and I was drawn to it by it's age and it's wonderful pictures. The artist did an amazing job of using many colors to draw in small children and to visually tell the story. Many of the poems I had never heard as a child and I found interesting as an adult. It is not a surprise to me that this book has been printed over and over and is still being read to children.
  • (5/5)
    This is the same Mother Goose I had as a child in the late 40s and early 50s. The illustrations are classic and beautiful. I can say many of the rhymes by heart. They helped develop a love for words. Many of the rhymes have historical significance.
  • (5/5)
    Great classic nursery rhymes for children of all ages. This book included all traditional tale and nursery rhymes your grandparents remember. I have had this book my entire life and will be happy to share it with my own children one day. I recommend this book to everyone with children!