James Marshall's Mother Goose

James Marshall; Illustrated by the author

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For more than two centuries, the adorable and clever poems of Mother Goose have served as a delightful first introduction to poetry. Here the Old Dame’s genius for timeless nonsense is happily matched by a gifted American illustrator who outdid himself in her honor. James Marshall has re-created classic characters like Old King Cole and Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater with his hilarious and witty illustration in this must-have picture book.

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Praise for James Marshall's Mother Goose

“James Marshall is just plain funny and [this book] is funnier than many or even most Mother Gooses.”—The New York Times Book Review
“In glittering hues, the cartoon characters illustrating the many verses in this volume provoke sidesplitting laughs.”—Publishers Weekly

“Although numerous editions of Mother Goose have appeared over the years, James Marshall’s will need no defense. In his inimitable style, he has filled the pages with a hilarious and memorable cast of characters. . . . The book is a subtle and funny treatment of traditional material in which the characters tell stories all their own.”—The Horn Book

“A perfect introduction to the Grande Dame’s repertoire for youngest listeners. Full of sunny, airy, and artfully simple pictures this volume contains some of Mother Goose’s cheeriest and most lilting rhymes.”—Harper’s

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About the Author

James Marshall; Illustrated by the author

James Marshall (1942-1992) was the illustrator of over 50 books for children, and the author of many of them including the George and Martha books which became a children’s television show. In addition to George and Martha, the lovable hippopotami, James Marshall created dozens of other uniquely appealing characters. He is well-known for his Fox Series, as well as the Miss Nelson books, the Stupids, the Cut-ups, and many more. Marshall won a University of Mississippi Silver Medallion in 1992, and received the Caldecott Honor in 1989 for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In 2007, he was posthumously honored by the ALA with the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

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James Marshall's Mother Goose
James Marshall; Illustrated by the author

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September 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312581428
ISBN10: 0312581424
Picture Book
8 x 10 inches, 40 pages, Four-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 7
Grade Range: p to 2 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: NPL
AR Quiz Number: 86086 EN
AR Book Level: 5.3
AR Points: 4


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