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Dear Mother Goose [Hardcover]

Michael Rosen , Nick Sharratt
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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5 May 2008
Agony aunt Mother Goose helps Humpty Dumpty conquer his fear of falling and Little Miss Muffet deal with an over-friendly spider as well as helping a whole host of other much-loved characters in this charming lift-the-flap book. With its witty, joky letters, it's a nursery rhyme book with a twist from an award-winning author and illustrator team.


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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406309540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406309546
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 25.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include We're Going on a Bear Hunt which was the winner of the Smarties Book Prize (9780744523232), Michael Rosen's Sad Book (9781406313616) and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry (9781406305500). The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997.


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Mother Goose has a good idea to stop Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall - and she helps lots of his friends too.

About the Author

Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. His titles include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which was the winner of the Smarties Book Prize (9780744523232), Michael Rosen's Sad Book (9781406313616) and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry (9781406305500). The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children’s literature in 1997.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyday solutions to old time nursery rhymes 30 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my 6 year old nephew because they had been reading it at school. However, after a few weeks he decided it was too young for him (that's six year old boys for you!) so I acquired it back for my 21 month old daughter.

The book has a selection of nursery rhymes in and modern day solutions given by Mother Goose, so for example, humpty dumpty sat on a wall, humpty dumpty had a great fall. Well why doesn't humpty sit in an egg cup then he'd be a lot more secure.

It's an interesting concept, with lift the flap bits to interest your little ones. Still trying to decide which age it best suits though, probably around 3 to 4 year olds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Nursery rhyme books, because they repeat traditional rhymes we have all heard before, can be rather dull however beautifully they are presented. Dear Mother Goose, in contrast, is a masterstroke which includes a good selection of rhymes in a new, cheerful and interesting way. And with sturdy thick pages, it's good from about a year old.
The story begins with a poem about the nursery rhyme characters wanting to change what they always do - wouldn't you if you were Humpty Dumpty falling off a wall with every recitation? Old Mother Goose is an agony aunt (with a laptop) to whom a range of nursery rhyme characters write advice. We see both their letters and Mother Gooses's replies suggesting a change in behaviour to each character. You lift the flap to replace the picture of the traditional rhyme's end with the proposed solution, and a happier ending. For example, Mother Goose suggests that Miss Muffet should stop sitting on a tuffet (which spiders love), and try a bubble bath instead. My son (4) loves the picture of Jack and Jill on the bus instead of rolling down the hill, is very taken with Incey Wincey Spider on a surf-board, and enjoys spotting the nursery rhyme characters going home on the London underground (don't use the bridge - it's falling down). Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best childrens books avalible 5 Mar 2009
By Jay Rainbow VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This lift the flap book is brilliant. Its funny yet traditional and the kids love it! Dear mother goose answers back to traditional rhythms such as jack be nimble jack be quick jack jump over the candle stick,
her reply is something like,
Dear Jack, its best not to jump over a candle but if you must then always remember to blow the flame out first!
this is accompanied by a picture of jack jumping and burning his bum.
every page is a new rhythm and a new picture, they are all excellent from humpty dumpy to London bridge (why not get the train underground? its much more convenient and it wont fall down! )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Mother Goose 3 April 2012
By JB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book came recommend with the purchase of Dear Fairy Godmother. An excellent recommendation, a class of 30 children enjoyed their snacks listening to and joining in with familiar nursery rhymes. The enthused about the illustrations and loved predicting the solutions to the problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 4 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely book with a very ingenious plot, involving Mother Goose as an agony aunt to nursery rhyme characters. She dishes out humerous advice such as telling Little Miss Muffet not to sit on tuffets to eat her curds and shey, but try eating in the bath as spiders are afraid of water. Great fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 23 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic. My 3 year old daughter spent 30 mins looking at it by her self, not letting any one else look. Then after having looked at all the lovely pictures, finally let me read it to her. Then wanted it read to her a second time straight after. It is a book that is great for young and older children.
It is a great twist on traditional nursery rhymes and the flaps and pictures help to keep children interested.
I found this book a pleasure to read with its original theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it 20 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have two kids 5 and 2 who both love this book - read it 5 times already! Flaps keep their interest, its well written and helps them with the nursery rhymes!
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