My Very First Mother Goose

By Iona Opie
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Twenty years after Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells released their first collection of Mother Goose rhymes, the celebrated original is back in a gorgeous anniversary edition.

To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved words of Mother Goose. Here, folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest forms, from “Hey Diddle, Diddle" and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat”—familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations and are every child’s birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells capturing the simple joy and sly humor of the classic nursery rhymes, this special anniversary volume features a new case cover and jacket and includes a note from the illustrator on the unparalleled influence of Mother Goose, both during childhood and far beyond it.

  • A still-fresh and irresistible invitation to introduce young children to Mother Goose rhymes, an essential tool in language development. Nursery rhymes help children with phonemic awareness (sensitivity to the sounds of language), a stage at least as critical as learning the alphabet, if not more so.
  • "Children entering kindergarten would have better speech habits, and first-grade children would have a greater power with and feeling for words if more were done with Mother Goose in the homes. Knowing dozens of the verses expands the imagination, increases the vocabulary, and develops an ear for the music of words. Enjoying Mother Goose predisposes children to other books." -- May Hill Arbuthnot, Children and Books, 1947
  • A suitably dressed-up twentieth edition of a nursery staple and one of Candlewick's first backlist essentials.

About the author

Iona Opie (1923-2017) dedicated her life to collecting and preserving children’s rhymes as an art form and believed that “nursery rhymes are good for you.” In partnership with her late husband, Peter Opie, she edited many acclaimed books of children’s folklore, including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.

About the illustrator

Rosemary Wells is the author and/or illustrator of more than 120 books for young readers. She has won many awards, including more than twenty American Library Association Notable Book citations, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. She lives in a small town in New England.


1996: Galaxy British Book Awards: The Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Award - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9780763688912
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 1, 2016
Dimensions: 259 x 290mm, 108pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $34.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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