Miss Mary Mack and Other Children's Street Rhymes Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 46 user ratings

" This book brought back so many memories from childhood that I had forgotten about! The version of Miss Mary Mack was different than what my friends and I sang, but still, the book was awesome. " said.

" This somewhat strange collection of children's rhymes, street songs & word-related games, hearkens back to the days before Playstations & X-Boxes, but it was sadly disappointing, even the title track, which seemed out of wack. I really didn't enjoy the part on teases/taunts, as this is a subject we hardly need to educate children about. I don't think this book would be published nowadays with that part without being seen as encouraging bullying. " said.

"This is a fun book of rhymes and songs that children have sung for years and years. I remember many of them from my own childhood and we enjoyed reading through them together. Some are more appropriate than others and the whole section on teases should be strongly prefaced by a discussion that they are not very nice and shouldn't be used to tease others. Many of them are silly and our girls giggled a lot while we read these aloud. The illustrations are sparse black and white drawings and several are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's drawings from his books of children's poems. " said.

""Miss Mary Mack" was recommended in the back of the textbook and surprisingly I did not enjoy this book. The concept is fun and unique bringing back old rhymes that go with clapping hands games and bouncing ball games, but I feel like many of the rhymes are outdated and would not interest a child today. A lot of rhymes talk about getting married and finding a sailor or solider and I am not sure a young child today would relate to this. The thing I do like about this book is that it puts poetry to a game, which I think would make poetry fun for the students and get them up and moving. Overall, I did not enjoy this book. " said.

"The title drew me to this book. I can remember kids in my elementary school doing hand-clapping/slapping to "Miss Mary Mack" and being amazed at how fast they sped up to and how they memorized the lines to what seemed like endless verses and hand movements to this song.

It has a wide variety of counting rhymes and other ditties and comebacks that are appropriate for kids without being crude and lewd as so many things that even little kids repeat today are.

There's a great resources list in the back of the book for other books of street rhymes as well as an index by first lines of the rhymes included in the book.

I think it would be very helpful for folks who interact with/work with children. It's a part of our culture that is slipping away in the new millennium that I think is worth saving.
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" Joanna Cole brought me down memory lane with this book. Some traditional rhymes and sayings were the same as I remember, others I never heard of. Delightful collection. The book could have used better pictures than black line drawings to add to the playfulness. Do kids even sing these anymore. Some were favorites for jumping rope, too. " said.

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