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Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose

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HarperCollins Publishers
Mary Engelbreit
10 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
3 - 5 and up
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Why You Will Like this Book

Mary Engelbreit's pictures are so wonderfully appealing. All the favorite children's verses are present from Humpty Dumpty, Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to Little Miss Muffet.

I loved my children's edition of Mother Goose; this publication is comparable. The colors used and the expressions of the characters are certainly more present-day. This best collection of nursery rhymes by Mary Engelbreit makes a wonderful Christmas or birthday gift book for a young child. This edition of Mother Goose may also become a collectible.


This is a collection of one hundred best-loved Mother Goose verses including: Baa Baa Black Sheep, This Little Piggy Went to Market, There Was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe, Jack Be Nimble, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and more--all brought delightfully to life through the colorful imaginative illustrations of Mary Engelbreit.


Published in 2005 Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose is a certain heir-apparent to the first Mother Goose publication. The Mary Engelbreit illustrations burst with color, humor and expressive facial expressions. The publication includes "Notes from Mary" and an index of the first lines of the poems which is a help in locating favorite children's verses within this nursery rhyme collection of Mother Goose favorites. There are one hundred nursery rhymes, 124 pages of verses plus the index, and well over one hundred full-color illustrations, many of which are full-page. Join Mary Engelbreit as she transports you into the wonderful land of Mother Goose!

What others say:

"For children, pictures as appealing as these come as a special kind of invitation. They serve as a gateway to the enjoyment of words on the page. And they usher children into a world worth knowing: The round, ripe Mother Goose world of pure possibility." -- Leonard S. Marcus, author, critic, and children's literature historian

About Mary Engelbreit

Mary Engelbreit

Mary Engelbreit knew she wanted to be an artist since she was 11 years old. She set up her first 'studio' in a vacated linen closet in her St. Louis home.

Her dedication to art never wavered nor did her desire to be an illustrator of children's books. Accomplishing her dream took some time and lots of perseverance.

Directly after graduation from high school she took a job at an art supply store in St. Louis. Then she worked for a small ad agency and took free-lance projects on the side. She was even an editorial cartoonist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Her new husband, Phil Delano, encouraged her in 1977 to take her portfolio to New York City. She wanted to be accepted by a large publishing house. Instead she was encouraged by an art director at one of the publishing houses to try illustrating greeting cards.

What seemed like a discouragement soon turned into an opportunity. Greeting cards fit well with Mary's drawing style. Card illustration grew until she founded her own company, Mary Engelbreit Studios. And, she has contracts for dozens of manufacturers, who have produced more than 6,500 products in all.

It wasn't until 2001 that Mary realized an early dream. HarperCollins signed a contract with her to illustrate children's books.

For more information about Mary Engelbreit, visit her website.

Do You Know?

It is believed that Nursery Rhymes were printed in England as early as 1570! The printing press was a new invention. Cheap pamphlets called Chapbooks were printed for the ordinary people. The Chapbooks had the printed word but also had pictures--a Middle Ages equivalent of a Children's comic. Nursery Rhymes were perfect subjects for the Chapbooks

Humpty Dumpty was a powerful cannon, not a person. The cannon was mounted on the top of St.Mary's at the Wall Church in Colchester. During the summer of 1648, during the English Civil War, the cannon was called upon to defend the city against a siege. Unfortunately for the residents, the enemy hit the church tower sending 'Humpty' tumbling to the ground. The King's men (the infantry of the Royalists) and the calvary ('horses') tried to fix the cannon but to no avail.

More information about the history of nursery rhymes is available on the nursury rhymes website.

Humpty Dumpty is on page 55 of Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose.

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