Today is my birthday, and I am celebrating as I usually do by getting all sentimental and stuff.
Oh, and watching Friday the 13th after the kids go to bed.
When I was a little girl we went to the library all the time. We didn't own very many kids books, because we could borrow then anytime. Oh how I miss libraries with English books!
One of the few books we owned was Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever (CAN, JP, US). It is a Golden Book, so the one I had as a kid had the iconic gold and black binding. This was the first book I bought for my son, but this one is yellow on the binding. I can't say that wasn't a disappointment.
The contents are just the same (minus spilled apple juice, ripped pages, and places my brother licked it). 92 pages of familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhymes. When was the last time you heard this one?
Elsie Marley is grown so fine,
She won't get up to feed the swine,
But lies in bed til eight or nine,
Lazy Elsie Marley
Scarry's signature anthropomorphic figures often tell a big story behind the verse, and my kids love wondering if the animals in one are related to another.
My favourites are all related to pigs. This is the illustration I love the most, the wrinkles on those kissing snouts!
My favourite verse, as well as my kids', is This Little Pig. I made my dad recite it while pulling on my toes until I was ridiculously big. My kids both demand I do it every night as well, so this book gets an awful lot of use.
It's lovely to curl up in bed with my littles just like my dad with me, passing on the exact same verses. I also love that I know how good rhyming is for their language development, despite the archaic grammar it gives them a mental workout that nothing else rivals in the preschool set.
Do you have a favourite book of poems or nursery rhymes suitable for kids?