Honey For You Honey For Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes –  Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell


Honey For You Honey For Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes –  Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell, Candlewick Press, (9781536212730), c2020, 2021

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Nursery Rhymes

What did you like about the book?  The author states in his introduction that this collection is made up of some familiar and not-so-familiar rhymes.  He also encourages readers, “To sing the words or make up actions, to show how sounds, rhythm and emotion can be conveyed through the whole body.”  Included with familiar classics such as “Miss Mary Mack” and “Engine, Engine, Number Nine” are a variety of less known rhymes that are sure to please readers.  The colorful watercolor illustrations bring the rhymes to life with a variety of animals, toys and children of varied ethnicities.  The text is presented in a variety of colors and sizes which adds to the fun.  This is sure to delight fans of rhythm and rhyme who are seeking some new verses.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who enjoy classic nursery rhymes will welcome this collection of lesser known verses.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and pre-school and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 398.8

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/10/2021         

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