Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Hickory, Dickory, Dock and other favorite nursery rhymes illustrated by Genine Delahaye

This British collection of nursery rhymes has cute illustrations, but doesn't quite make the grade.

The nursery rhymes included are a mixed bag, from "Old MacDonald had a farm", "Five little monkeys", and "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" to rhymes that aren't well-known in the states or have fallen out of use, like "Three blind mice", "Goosey Goosey Gander", and "See-Saw, Margery Daw".

There are slight change to some, but not all, of the rhymes. Only the first verse of "Mary had a little lamb" is included, and in "Goosey Goosey Gander" the narrator leads the old man down the stairs, instead of throwing him. But the blind mice still get their tails cut off, the baby falls from its cradle, and the old man in "It's raining, it's pouring" bumps his head.

Delahaye is a print and clothing designer, and it certainly shows in the gentle pastels used throughout the book. Smiling animals, some anthropomorphic, some not, adorn the pages in soft blues, greens, browns, and grays. The farmer's wife, a grey kitten, appears to have dropped a plastic knife and given up on the idea of cutting off the blind mice's tails, and most of the rhymes show the animals playing together, rather than actually illustrated the actions described.

The book is a tall rectangle, about 9x6 inches. Like most of Tiger Tales' board books it's heavy on the cute illustrations, but light on the sturdy binding. The pages have a good, thick, cardboard feel but the binding doesn't feel like it will stand up to multiple uses.

Verdict: If you are looking to add more nursery rhyme board books this is an acceptable purchase, but it doesn't particularly stand out from the crowd.

ISBN: 9781680105254; Published 9-1-17 by Tiger Tales; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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