Monday 25 January 2010

Mother Goose Manners by Harriet Ziefert. Illustrations by Pascale Constantin.

Published by Blue Apple Books
Distributed in the US by Chronicle Books
Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books

Nursery rhymes and childhood go hand-in-hand. Even as adults we often remember them enough to repeat to our own offspring or those of family and friends. In Mother Goose Manners these rhymes are brought to life by the vibrant and original illustrations of Pascale Constantin. Each image is printed on a fold out page that - when lifted - reveals a whole new image accompanied by the words of Harriet Ziefert that encourage the young reader to develop their manners. Never has learning to be polite been so fun.

This hardcover book contains 12 nursery rhymes within 32 pages and is recommended for ages 4-8.

I found this read to be cute and entertaining and really wished that such a title had been available as my own children were growing up. I like the idea of introducing manners to a child by using such a fun method, especially when it encourages children to read.

Harriet Ziefert encourages children to not just consider each rhyme carefully but also how manners could have improved the situation. Who knows how many creative and considerate ideas your young reader can suggest!

This is definitely one of my favourite picks for a child's bookcase.

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