Illustrator: Wendy Straw
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-782262077

Join in the fun as this all-time favourite children’s rhyme is brought to life by Wendy Straw’s charming illustrations,” the back jacket cover of one of the books states in 20 Favourite Nursery Rhymes – 20 Books Box Set Collection.

Targeted toward preschool to early elementary school aged children, this box set contains twenty eight-by-eight inch paperbacks in a sturdy cardboard holder. With no scary or violent scenes, it is ideal to be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated words. Some spelling from the United Kingdom may confuse American readers.

Wendy Straw’s full-page illustrations cover the high-glossy pages with vivid colors, fanciful expressions, and charming designs that follow the rhymes and songs, written in a childlike black or white font.

Taken from well-known old-fashioned verses that adult readers will recall immediately, the twelve-page books offer the opportunity to pass on cherished memories of growing up.

Included are:

3 Little Kittens
5 Little Ducks
I’m a Little Tea Pot
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear
The Animals Went in Two by Two
The Farmer and the Dell
The Little Engine that Could
The Wheels on the Bus
There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
There Were 10 in the Bed
This Old Man, He Played …
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

Four books contain more than one story:
* Old King Cole / The Mulberry Bush / Hickory Dickory Dock
* Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater / Sing a Song of Sixpence / I Had a Little Nut Tree / Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary / Polly Wolly Doodle All Day
* Round and Round the Garden / Humpty Dumpty / One, Two, Three Four Five / Hey Diddle Diddle / Row, Row, Row Your Boat
* Polly Put the Kettle On / Doctor Foster / Cock-A-Doddle-Do / A Wise Old Owl / Mary Had a Little Lamb

In addition to including common verses, it is refreshing to reread old forgotten tales that are more than fifty-years old. In no time, young readers will be chanting and sometimes singing these favorites. Regarding a comprehensive set of books, the option to buy a specific one is helpful, especially if needed in quantity for classroom reading or gifts.

Thanks to the publisher and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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