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Tomie’s Little Mother Goose

Author: Tomie De Paola | Illustrator: Tomie De Paola

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ISBN: 9780399231544

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2008 - 2009

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes

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A board book edition of the classic Mother Goose treasury presents twenty-four entertaining nursery rhymes that bring to life Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, and other favorite characters.

Age Group Newborn

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Recognizing familiar voices
  • Gazing at high contrast pictures
  • Looking at faces

Your little one is just getting used to the world around them. That includes getting to know YOU in a new way! Up until now, your baby has only heard your voice. Your voice is the most important thing in their world right now. Singing and talking to them as you soothe them reinforces that connection. Reading simple books, even though they don’t understand them, gives you another way of sharing your connection. As their vision develops, they will be increasingly drawn to faces. When you talk with them, putting your face within 12 inches of theirs will help them connect your face to the sound that they already love!

Why did we select this book?

Sometimes people wonder if nursery rhymes are still relevant today, but with so many books for children based on nursery rhymes out there, Raising Readers still finds them a valuable read-aloud for babies and toddlers. We like this collection because the board books are sturdy and because the illustrator depicts children of different ethnicities in these classic English rhymes.

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Related Activities

There are many finger plays or movements of your hands that go along with Mother Goose rhymes. Ask your local librarian for a book that has finger plays in it or attend story hours at your local library where librarians often demonstrate those finger plays.


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