Rooster Crows

Rooster Crows

A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

by Maud Petersham, Miska Petersham
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Fir, ©1998, ISBN: 9780689711534
Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Price: $7.99

Many of our classic nursery rhymes are English. Thus many classic nursery rhyme books include pictures set in England. Not so this book of nursery rhymes which are all acompanied by illustrations of colonial and frontier America. A little pioneer girl looks up at the stars next to a covered wagon on the prairie. A father in a coonskin cap goes hunting for baby bunting. An old-fashioned steam train is stopped by a herd of curious cows.

The book is beautifully illustrated by the Petershams. Some of the nursery rhymes are more obscure and confusing (the good old ABCD goldfish) or somewhat violent as nursery rhymes tend to be ("the old trot's dead.") But the well-known classics are included (from Little Jack Horner to Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater) and the less well-known ones are equally entertaining. For American children, this is a unique book that portrays a wide diversity of American history.

Review by Lauren Shearer
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Exodus Rating:
FLAWS: Mild nursery rhyme violence
Summary: Classic nursery rhymes are illustrated with pictures of colonial and frontier America.

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