Monday, January 7, 2008

Book Review: Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes

This book of street rhymes and games is perfect for the child ages 6 to 10 who has outgrown Mother Goose and the nursery and graduated to the playground. Authors Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson bring to life the verses that the modern generation spent chanting on the bus or skipping rope to as kids. Like Mother Goose, they come complete with a little controversy, too. You’ll hear about slapping your sister, k-i-s-s-i-n-g and seeing London, France and of course, underpants. Included here are rhymes that are coupled with hand clapping and ball bouncing. That’s no surprise since the same authors wrote: The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider Fingerplays and Action Rhymes (in the same format as this book) proving that physical activity and books are not mutually exclusive. The authors also include a lengthy bibliography for children who yearn for more.

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