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|Mother Goose Of Pudding Lane|
Author: Raschka, Christopher
The story of the real Mother Goose who lived in Boston more than three hundred years ago.
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
Booklist (+) (07/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 07/01/2019 *Starred Review* This is the story of the real Mother Goose. Or, at least, one Mother Goose, an Elizabeth Foster who lived on Pudding Lane in Boston in 1692, and who married Isaac Goose. Together, the blissful couple wound up with 14 children, and Elizabeth—or rather, Mother Goose—became known for her lullabies and poems and actually published a collection. Although no original copies exist, several of her verses are still quite popular, such as “Old King Cole” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.” This fictionalized, quasi biography is a cozy tribute to Mother Goose and nursery rhymes, blending brief biographical facts (shared in quaint phrasings) with selected rhymes that painlessly mirror the family’s happy and chaotic homelife. The quirky illustrations, by Radunsky, who passed away in September 2018—aptly breathe new life into the familiar lines. Whimsical gouache figures pop off bright backgrounds, vying for attention with black pencil doodles. Some pages are filled with small, busily detailed pictures, such as portraits of all 14 children, while others offer floating images, and a few cover two-page spreads. Some rhymes will be familiar, others won’t, but the story of the Goose family should be new for most readers. This is a delightful offering and, like previous titles from Raschka, should generate a lot of interest. Be prepared. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.