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Dear Mother Goose - Michael Rosen

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Michael Rosen / Paperback / 24 Pages / Book is published 2009-06-01 by Walker

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      20.07.2012 14:30
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      I can't see any pre-school child not liking this - thoroughly recommended.

      'Dear Mother Goose', with text by Michael Rosen and pictures by Nick Sharratt, has been a firm favourite in our house ever since we bought it. It's a fairly large-format book, although not too large to comfortably handle with a toddler on your lap, and has thick, sturdy pages and flaps that have survived a lot of handling.

      The idea of the book itself is simple. As a rhyme at the start explains, characters in nursery rhymes are getting tired of doing just what they always do - Humpty Dumpty, for example, is tired of sitting on walls and falling off. So each character writes to Mother Goose explaining their problem, and she writes back with advice for them. For Humpty, she sagely suggests sitting in an eggcup rather than on a wall, while Little Miss Muffet is advised to eat her curds and whey in the bath, as spiders hate bubbles. For each character, we see their letter (which flaps up to show the relevant nursery rhyme on the reverse) and Mother Goose's reply, while a large flap on the right shows the character before and after they take Mother Goose's advice. A final page (spoiler alert...) opens up to see all the characters at Mother Goose's door to thank her.

      The drawings are bright and simple, and the letters are brief and funny. It's good enough to read just by itself, or as children get older they can try to guess (or remember) the solution, or come up with other ideas for problems or solutions! It's currently at £5.19 at Amazon, so not the cheapest book but by no means expensive either. It would be suitable for almost any pre-school child, and possibly a bit older too, and equally attractive to boys or girls.

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