Clare Beaton, prolific illustrator
of more than 50 children’s books including Playtime Rhymes for Little People and One Moose,
Twenty Mice has produced another masterpiece. Beaton continues to utilize her distinctive style of using
embroidery, antique fabric, bric-a-brac, and beads. Mother Goose Remembers
is a warm return to childhood for adults and a happy adventure through Mother Goose Land for children.
As the children explore the 46 nursery
rhymes with their vivid illustrations they will delight in searching for the
small embroidered feather Mother Goose left on each page. Compsed of simple rhyming verses, the poems are well organized
with unique illustrations complementing the poetry without overpowering it.
Kirkus reviews notes that "the artwork
is executed with Beaton's signature flair; color-filled collages feature intricately sewn pieces and other materials, assembled
to create vivid images so three-dimensional that readers will be tempted to run their fingers over the pages to feel the textures."
The rhymes, one to a page are richly
illustrated with tiny details, even the Crooked Man from the Crooked House holds a tiny crooked sixpence in his hand.
The verses vary from the standard popular ones such as Little Jack Horner and Ring around the Rosy
to the more obscure.A Rash Stipulation which is about the farrier’s daughter who wouldn’t marry
anyone who couldn’t carry her and Curley Locks whose verse is below.
Curley Locks, Curley Locks
Will you be mine?
You shan’t wash the dishes, nor yet feed the swine;
But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam
And you shall eat strawberries, sugar and cream
Janet Bair, book reviewer for
School Library Journal notes, " If your Mother Goose collection is overstocked, you might consider weeding to make room for
this original, highly appealing version."