Sunday, February 10, 2013

Children's Poetry Book Review: The Green Mother Goose

The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time

The Green Mother Goose:  Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time
Written by:  Jan Peck and David Davis
Illustrated by:  Carin Berger
Published by: Sterling, 2011

* By now my kids, ages 4 and 6, are familiar with almost all of the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.  My daughter enjoys poetry books too so I thought this would be a cute book to read.  The two authors take classic Mother Goose rhymes and change the words so they all have a "green" message.  They touch upon everything from turning lights off when leaving a room, eating local and organic food, car-pooling, picking up trash, and more.  Even the pages of the book are printed with soy-based inks and printed on paper from mixed sources.  The kids enjoyed the fun "recycled" illustrations too.

I have read many reviews on Goodreads from readers who question, "Why mess with Mother Goose?"  In the same way that fractured fairy tales have become very popular, I think different takes on nursery rhymes can be entertaining as well.  This book is probably not suitable for very young children becoming familiar with nursery rhymes.  However, for older children who are familiar with the rhymes already I think this is a motivating way for them to read and learn about ways to be eco-friendly.

I think that the authors' message is an important one and this book does a great job of getting it across in a kid-friendly way. 

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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1 comment:

  1. I think it's perfectly acceptable to "mess with Mother Goose" or any established traditional text. After all, a new version doesn't make the old version any less important. Thanks for sharing at TCB!