Mother Goose Numbers on the Looose
The numbers are on the loose - hiding and dancing, skipping and laughing through the rhymes of Mother Goose! It's a good thing Caldecott Medal winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon have helped gather up all these mischievous numbers in a stunning collection of counting, rhymes and imagination.The rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, are ordered from simple (1,2,3) to more complex numbers, making this a collection to grow with. And this vibrant, playful volume is irresistible as an introduction to Mother Goose or as a new delight for her longtime fans.
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- Hardback | 56 pages
- 254 x 279 x 10.67mm | 530.7g
- 01 Oct 2007
- Harcourt Children's Books
- United States
- full colour illustrations
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* "A wholly original Mother Goose book, the Caldecott-winning Dillons' collection of number rhymes is so imaginative and playful that each reading yields something new and unexpected. . . . Inventive, artistically dazzling and full of wit, this Mother Goose collection is absolutely irresistible." (starred review)-- (10/08/2007) * "As they explain, the Dillons "offer children an invitation to...playful, energetic, magical, even at times mischievous numbers" with rhymes both well- and lesser-known, progressing "from rhymes with smaller numbers to those with larger numbers." Thus, their selection of a couple of dozen rhymes doubles as an offbeat counting book; but their sunny, crisply rendered art does much more: in honoring the "fantastical quality of Mother Goose," the illustrators have created a sweetly surreal space inhabited by humans (often wearing masks: it's a false nose that the maid in "Sing a Song of Sixpence" loses to a blackbird), animals clothed or au naturel, dancing numerals, a clock with arms to ring its own alarm, a boat-rowing fish, and whimsical sizes (a tiny elf catches a huge "hare alive"). Such intriguing details broaden the meaning on every page, and if the literal-minded can't always find precisely the number in question ("From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles") in the pictures, there are plenty of other clearly delineated things to count and discuss. A charming and original vision that's also just plain beautiful: this Mother Goose belongs in the permanent canon." (starred review) -- (11/01/2007)
About Leo Dillon
LEO and DIANE DILLON together illustrated more than twenty-five acclaimed and award-winning books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema, a retelling of the opera Aida by Leontyne Price, and their own Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose.