This little piggy went to market, and he's not alone in this baker's dozen of traditional nursery rhymes set at a farmer's market. There are lots of other folk who have their own comestible business to attend to: Tommy Tucker, Jack Sprat, Miss Muffet, Peter Piper-even the little guy who eats his peas with honey.
Joanne Fitzgerald creates a world of animal characters with the same charm and bounce as her latest bestseller, This is Me and Where I Am. A grand, lip-smacking collection for little ones.
List of Rhymes:
Little Tommy Tucker
Hey Diddle Diddle
This Little Piggy
Pease Porridge Hot
I Eat My Peas with Honey
If All the World were Apple Pie
I Had a Little Nut Tree
Polly Put the Kettle On
Little Jack Horner
Little Miss Muffet
"Food is a large presence in some of the best-known and best-loved nursery rhymes, and food is the organizing principle behind this delightful collection. . . If the rhymes are delicious, Fitzgerald's watercolour illustrations are delectable."
— The Globe and Mail
"Fitzgerald ingeniously ties together the diverse collection with her richly detailed, pastel-colored illustrations. . . The artwork will put children's powers of observation to good use as they scour the pictures for their favorites. The clever way the rhymes are tied together makes this collection stand out above the rest - "Yum, yum," indeed."
— Kirkus Reviews
"In Yum! Yum!!, she (Joanne Fitzgerald) creates a tasty marriage of ingeniously presented rhymes and her own gently old-fashioned illustrations. . . You can easily enjoy the book either as a collection of themed poems and chants or as a spot-the-pig narrative with enchanting details to discover."
— Quill & Quire
"It is the soft yet very detailed pastel illustrations that tell the story, as the book contains no narration connecting the baker's dozen of individual rhymes. As such, the book is quite versatile, as it could be used as a storybook (with a good naptime/bedtime ending) for preschoolers, or just sampled rhyme by rhyme for the younger child."
— CM Magazine
"The illustrations have the softness of pastels; the costumed, rounded animal characters' skins look like velveteen, as if the cast were toys. Reinforced by the small, hand-size format, the effect is of a safe haven, a cozy and nostalgic corner scaled to young children."
— Publishers Weekly
"The small pictures, all in light pastels, are beautifully detailed. The animals are well defined by their expressive faces. Subtle humor abounds."
— School Library Journal
— Today's Parent
"The detailed illustrations in soft pastels are a real pleasure to discover. They aptly relate to each rhyme whilst keeping the theme of piggy going to the market. The added touches, such as little piggy carrying a recyclable bag, are clever and sure to get a chuckle out of readers young and old."
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