Salley Mavor, Illustrator
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, September 2010, Fiction
Suitable for: Preschool (Ages 3 and up)
Topics: Nursery rhymes, Children’s poetry
Opening and Synopsis: The cock crows in the morn/To tell us to rise/And he who lies late/Will never be wise/For early to bed/And early to rise/Is the way to be healthy/ And wealthy and wise. Salley Mavor has taken 64 of her favorite nursery rhymes from childhood, and compiled this beautiful treasure. Among the favorites rhymes featured are: “Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe,” “Humpty Dumpty,” Hickory, dickory dock,” “Little Miss Muffett,” “Mary had a little lamb,” “One, two, buckle my shoe,” “Old Mother Hubbard,” “Peter Piper,” “Ring around the roses,” “Shoo fly, don’t bother me,” ” Simple Simon Met a Pieman,” “The big ship sails on the alley-alley-oh,” “The Queen of Hearts,” and “Wee Willie Winkie. ” Salley won the 2011 Golden Kite Award, 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, 2010 Horn Book Fanfare, and 2010 ALA Notable Book.
Why I like this book: Reading this extraordinary book, is like sitting with an old friend. It is a cozy bed time book and children will have fun memorizing the rhymes. They will enjoy exploring each picture, examining the detail and trying to figure out the items used in each illustration. It took Salley Mavor five years to create all the breathtaking artwork that accompanies each rhyme. She learned to sew as a child because “her mother believed that learning to make things by hand was an important life skill.” Salley gathered acorns caps, twigs, stones, beads, buttons, and fabric to stitch together each intricate piece of artwork to highlight each rhyme. A true labor of love! Visit Salley at her Wee Folks Studio website, as she has many more books to browse.
Activities: Encourage your child to select a favorite rhyme and illustrate it with items they can find both inside and outside the house — fabric, felt, beads, buttons, yarn, string, markers, crayons, shells, twigs, acorn caps, stones, and bottle caps. Provide them with paper, glue, and let them create their own masterpiece. Check out the author’s note at the back of the book. For more books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books. Or click on the Perfect Picture Book Fridays badge in the right sidebar.