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The Study of Poetry and Literature for Children & Young Adults

Module #1--Poetry Book Review: Mother Goose

Beaton, Clare. 200. Mother Goose Remembers. New York: Barefoot Books. ISBN 1841480738


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."




Works Cited


Beaton, Clare. 200. Mother Goose Remembers. New York: Barefoot Books. ISBN 1841480738


Bair, Janet M. 2000. Mother Goose Remembers. (book review). School Library Journal. September 1, 2000.


Kirkus Reviews. 2000. Mother Goose Remembers. (book review). Kirkus Reviews. August 9, 2000.


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