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Children's Fiction Nursery Rhymes

Mother Goose

by (author) Celia Barker Lottridge

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2009
Nursery Rhymes
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p
  • Reading age: 0 to 3


Many of Canada's best-loved children's book illustrators generously agreed to donate artwork to this collection, each choosing a Mother Goose rhyme to illustrate. The artists were given free rein to respond to these age-old rhymes. The remarkable inventiveness and rich variety of the art is proof positive of the vast talent of these illustrators.

This wonderful collection is a condensed board-book version of Mother Goose: A Canadian Sampler, first published in 1994 for the benefit of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. Established in 1986 to introduce mothers and fathers who need support in parenting to the joys of play and language as exemplified by the Mother Goose canon, the program continues to be an exciting and innovative approach to developing parenting skills. Royalties from sales of this book will go to the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program (

About the author

Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books, including Ticket to Curlew (winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog (nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Book starred review) and Stories from the Life of Jesus (Publishers Weekly starred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountains after hearing her mother's stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter's written by Celia's aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

...Mother Goose, offers visual and aural delights aplenty....[incorporating] all 16 artists to wield pen and brush to great and often idiosyncratic effect.

Globe and Mail

The illustrations, though of many different styles, are arranged so that they provide a sense of balance and unity...A worthy addition.

School Library Journal



...Destined to become a classic of the nursery.

Ottawa Citizen

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