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The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 28 user ratings
ISBN:0060515732
LANGUAGE:English

" it's greatbeautiful picturesbuy this " said.

" Many many Mother Goose rhymes, illustrated with photos of diverse kids in a city setting. " said.

"Nina Crews does it again with her beautiful photography and collagework.  She takes Mother Goose's rhymes and recreates them around her images featuring children of color and their experiences in a fun and vibrant way.  In all honesty, I like Mother Goose, but I just didn't find her rhymes as engaging ever since I turned, like, 12.  And then Nina Crews does THIS and now I'm in love all over again.  What creativity!  I absolutely loved this and think that this is perfect for any home, classroom, or library.  

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"A favorite in our house for a long time, we love it! It's the rhymes we all know and love from our childhood but Crews has the knack for making stories relatable to modern children. The photography is taken around neighborhoods most children in urban areas will identify with and includes children from all ethnicities. It makes the silly ridiculous outdated rhymes make sense; it helps our young readers connect with the words. Plus these pictures are just plain fun! I included inside shots of some of our favorite pages!
If you like this, check out her other books. We especially love Jack and the beanstalk!
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" The old familiar nursery rhymes are accompanied by photographs featuring racially diverse children and families. A great way to keep these rhymes in a current perspective, although sometimes the photographs are a little creepy (ex: a huge dish and spoon lurking behind a fence). This would make a great read-aloud story time book, and after a while, the children would recite the poems along with the reader. " said.

"Forty one traditional Mother Goose rhymes are given a new spin with Nina Crews' photographs in The Neighborhood Mother Goose. The photographs taken in Crews' hometown of Brooklyn, NY show Jack jumping over a candlestick with happens to be on a cupcake and a little girl with a curl right in the middle of her forehead cutting the hair off her barbie doll. Each photo is engaging with lots going on, Crews also utilized photoshop to add some surprising elements to the pictures. The book is great fun and will introduce a whole new generation to Mother Goose rhymes.

I think this is a great book because it depicts the diversity of Brooklyn through the photographs of kids. I think it will also engage children and parents who might not normally reach for Mother Goose rhymes. Kids will love the photographs and parents will enjoy the new twist on the verses they grew up with.
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"Nina Crews brings familiar Mother Goose rhymes to life with her digitally altered photographs in her book, The Neighborhood Mother Goose. She brilliantly chose backgrounds and people from all walks of life to illustrate the rhymes she used from The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Annotated Mother Goose, and others she changed from versions passed down through oral tradition. My favorite rhyme in the book is, “Jack Be Nimble,” because she has combined a photograph of a boy jumping with a photograph of a lit candle in a cupcake that looks larger than the boy. The white font on top of the party background is a great example of how Nina Crews put thought behind every piece of her book. I would recommend this book to readers that are looking for a way to demonstrate the continued importance of rhymes and oral tradition with a modern twist. " said.

" Many many Mother Goose rhymes, illustrated with photos of diverse kids in a city setting. " said.

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