Classic Nursery Rhymes
L. Edna Walter
Lucy E. Broadwood
Dorothy M. Wheeler
104pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
Even though it’s 2016, almost 2017, there is something about a superbly crafted , beautifully bound book of traditional nursery rhymes that tugs at the heartstrings and takes older adults back to their childhood. And even though it’s 2016, almost 2017 they are rhymes that are still taught to our little ones today – some new but most very familiar. They are part of the traditions that we hand on from generation to generation regardless of the numbers on a calendar.
Published to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the original, it is illustrated using the original watercolour-and-ink illustrations of Dorothy M. Wheeler who also did the original illustrations for many of Enid Blyton’s books. With her eye for detail, and a soft pastel palette the illustrations bring the rhymes to life showing life at the time she knew it when the rhymes were learned at Nanny’s knee as joyful little ditties and no one delved too far into their origins and meaning. Each is featured on a double page spread, the full rhyme on one page and a full-colour illustration surrounded by exquisite line work on the other. To complete the package the music for each is included at the back of the book, just ready for little fingers to play.
This would make a great gift for anyone with a new baby in the offing – the perfect foundation for their first library that will become a treasured heirloom.