/ Key title A classic compendium of children's nursery rhymes / Mary Engelbreit is a well-loved American illustrator, with her own highly successful chain of product outlets. / Her warm, traditional style of illustration has great mass market appeal. / Competition: Jonathan Langley - Favourite Nursery Rhymes
Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit
PreS-Gr 1-A popular artist has illustrated 100 nursery rhymes in her distinctive style, reminiscent of the work of Kate Greenaway and Tasha Tudor. Historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus provides an introduction about the staying power of Mother Goose rhymes, and Engelbreit's afterword discusses her illustration process. Well-known rhymes are included, along with some that will be less familiar to both children and adults. No more than three rhymes appear on any spread, giving the layout a clean, uncluttered look. The illustrations feature children and adults of various ethnicities and ages, although almost all have the simple rounded faces and bodies for which the artist is known. Engelbreit has outfitted her characters, both fantastic and human, in a variety of period clothes, from medieval to more contemporary. Most have an English look to them-little boys wear short pants and knee socks, and little girls wear flowered dresses and pinafores. There are occasional comic touches, like the pussycat coming back from visiting the queen in shades and a pink coat, and with lots of luggage. Endpapers feature old-fashioned pastel renderings of well-known nursery-rhyme characters. This volume is likely to prove popular with children and Engelbreit's adult following. A solid collection that would be useful in any library.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.