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Author: Doug Hansen

Illustrator: Doug Hansen

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Publisher: Heyday Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: From A to Z, you'll explore 26 traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes that are intricately illustrated useng native plants, animals, natural settings and historic sites from California. In the back is a detailed description of the significance of each major feature in the illustrations. This is an alphabet, nursery rhyme, and social science book all in one.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read with two boys, 2 and 4 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my boys loved exploring the details in the illustrations. They liked searching for and finding familiar objects on the pages AND learned "familiar" nursery rhymes.They also got an appreciation for quality artwork and learned about animals.

Adult Reader Reaction: I absolutely loved this book. The illustrations are captivating, was a little surprised that they loved it as much as they did. This is a whimsical book with gorgeous illustrations. It offers a fresh take on Mother Goose that is both contemporary and sentimental. Gorgeous!

Pros: Gorgeous illustrations, classic nursery rhymes and a fresh take on Mother Goose make this book appropriate for a wide range of ages, from 2 to 12.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is great for Californians and non-Californians alike. It has something for everyone.


Educational Themes: This is an alphabet book, a collection of nursery rhymes, and a book ab out plants, animals, history, and geography. Within the alphabet, you can explore capital v. lowercase letters, letter sounds, and do some basic reading.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, poetry, rhyme, picture book, literacy

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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