Pocketful of Posies, A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Sally Mavor

I love nursery rhymes.

Once, just after starting my blog I wrote about some of my thoughts on children’s books. You can take a quick peek here: Pick a Good One, O Best Beloved, I’ll wait while you do…

After reading that I’m sure you know exactly why I love reading nursery rhymes to the girls but just in case you didn’t go read it I’ll elaborate.

Even the most well known of the nursery rhymes have uncommon words, (dame, contrary, posies) and once you venture into some of the other less well known rhymes you get even more, horrid, doth, stile, delve, caper, sup and comely just to name a few. We certainly don’t stop and identify each unknown word, that would be boring but Ivy will often ask if she doesn’t understand a word even if it’s in a rhyme that she’s heard many times before. I like to think I’ve got a decent vocabulary but I’m not throwing around comely and caper very often! I can’t think of a better way to sneakily expand vocabulary than through a bunch of short fun rhymes.

Since the rhymes are so fun and short both girls are starting to memorize a few (beyond Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)  so we can now “read” together trading lines back and forth. Good for the memory and just plan fun!

Nursery rhymes, gotta love ’em!

Recently one of my librarian cousins told me about this book:

As you now know from reading my old post I say gorgeous illustrations trump even crappy writing when we pick out a book.

This book has nursery rhymes and fantastic pictures -what can I say librarian cousins are great!

The illustrations are photos of artwork made out of everything from acorn caps to beads, sewn together on felt backgrounds and populated with little handmade people. Ivy and Clara have both poured over the pictures and so have I, they are fascinating!

Would I recommend it? Yes!

Kudos to anyone who can name all ten nursery rhymes my uncommon words came from!

6 comments on “Pocketful of Posies, A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Sally Mavor

  1. Jenny says:

    Susie showed me that book last week. It is absolutely beautiful! I am glad you got your hands on a copy!

    I don’t care for nursery rhymes but your post has made me consider them a little more.

  2. Susie says:

    Could one of the horrid rhymes possibly be “There was a little girl,” which my mom would often recite to me? I am still trying to figure out why I heard this one again and again. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173916

    • Jessie says:

      sure is… I’ve been telling that to Ivy for years, and it wasn’t until the day before yesterday she asked what horrid meant! Now that she knows maybe the two of you can get together and puzzle out why your moms tell you the same rhyme! 🙂

  3. Susie says:

    The Old Woman and Her Pig is my favorite “stile” story. http://www.authorama.com/english-fairy-tales-6.html

  4. Susie says:

    But wait! There’s more! “Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects” by Salley Mavor. http://www.librarything.com/work/320090/book/83647143#

    You do need some basic crafting skills, but the projects are not as hard as the illustrations in the nursery rhyme book would lead you to believe.

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