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Nicola Bayley's Book of Nursery Rhymes

Nicola Bayley's Book of Nursery Rhymes

Nicola Bayley
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House UK, 2013   ISBN: 978-1780080383yo

 Nursery rhymes are wonderful because they bring poetry, and often little songs, into the lives of very young children. They also introduce children to little stories, such as the tale of poor Dumpty Dumpty, and they allow us to meet interesting characters such as Little Miss Muffet and Little Jack Horner.

   In this collection of nursery rhymes Nicola Bayley pairs her extraordinary artwork with twenty- two popular nursery rhymes. For every nursery poem she creates either a full page illustration or a series of small jewel-like vignettes. Every illustration is rich with color and extraordinary detail.  Some of the illustrations have lovely frames that give the artwork an added layer of richness. Children will have a wonderful time exploring the world of the Queen of Hearts, Simple Simon, and other nursery rhyme characters.

   This book first came out in 1992 and launched Nicola Bayley’s career as a children’s book illustrator.


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