Four and Twenty Blackbirds: Nursery Rhymes of Yesterday Recalled for Children of Today

Helen Dean Fish Robert Lawson

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds: Nursery Rhymes of Yesterday Recalled for Children of Today

Four and Twenty Blackbirds Nursery Rhymes of Yesterday Recalled for Children of Today A collection of nursery rhymes including Little Dame Crump Merry Green Fields of England The Old Gray Goose The Robber Kitten The Ragman Joe Dobson Poor Lady Dumpling Old Mother Tabbyskins The Hungry

  • Title: Four and Twenty Blackbirds: Nursery Rhymes of Yesterday Recalled for Children of Today
  • Author: Helen Dean Fish Robert Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780397315468
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A collection of nursery rhymes, including Little Dame Crump Merry Green Fields of England The Old Gray Goose The Robber Kitten The Ragman Joe Dobson Poor Lady Dumpling Old Mother Tabbyskins The Hungry Fox Frog Went A Courting The Keys of Heaven Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat The Old Crow Come Hither Little Puppy Dog Old Crummles Jim Finley s PA collection of nursery rhymes, including Little Dame Crump Merry Green Fields of England The Old Gray Goose The Robber Kitten The Ragman Joe Dobson Poor Lady Dumpling Old Mother Tabbyskins The Hungry Fox Frog Went A Courting The Keys of Heaven Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat The Old Crow Come Hither Little Puppy Dog Old Crummles Jim Finley s Pig We Are All Nodding The Tragic Tale of Hooty the Owl The Two Foxes The Little Red Hen Mr Bourne and His Wife The Bumble Bug Cluck, Cluck Rufflecumtuffle.

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    1. Calista on said:

      I have heard two of these nursery rhymes I believe. Most of them were new. I knew 4 and 20 blackbirds and Old Grey Goose and lastly the Little Red Hen.My favorite rhyme I enjoyed most was RufflecumTuffle about elves going to a fairy party. If that was the story, I would give it 4 stars. I think this is difficult for children today who are exposed to modern stories and entertainment so quickly. I tried a few of these on my kids and they didn't show too much interest. Some of the better ones they [...]

    2. Jim Erekson on said:

      This is a very nice little collection, with Helen Dean Fish's special attention given to songs not usually featured in the Mother Goose collections. Only a few of the shorter verses are included, and quite obscure. The longer items are most often complete, multi-verse songs. A good number of these have obviously been cleaned up for modern use, with hints of older darker themes hiding in the background. But for some of them, the old themes are strong and rich like black coffee. My favorite in the [...]

    3. Lorna on said:

      1938 Caldecott HonorFavorite illustration: The sweet puppy dog, with glasses reading the ABC book in the nursery rhyme called "Come Hither"Favorite nursery rhyme: Most were unfamiliar to me, but I liked "Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat"Kid-appeal today: I think it will really depend on the child. Many of these nursery rhymes are dark and morbid, as was the case with many traditional nursery rhymes. The language can be a bit awkward for modern readers, but my 7 year-old loved it, especially for the [...]

    4. Paul on said:

      So now I have two favorite nursery rhyme Caldecotts - this one has a greater proportion of rhymes that I'm not familiar with. Compiler Helen Fish's forward explains the why and how of gathering the rhymes, and Lawson's illustrations are magical and amusing, with the blackbirds fluttering from page to page throughout the book. This could well be a book readers to young listeners will preview and trim. The table of contents, illustrated with one small image from the rhyme it goes with, consists of [...]

    5. Robert on said:

      Funny how Helen Dean Fish had two Caldecott winners in the inaugural year (Honor and Medal) in which she simply collected biblical verse and nursery rhymes without any original text. It seems like she was simply riding on the coattails of superior illustrators work and taking credit for it.I surely was not expecting to enjoy this book half as much as I did. What a delight! First and foremost, the black, white and green illustrations are absolutely fantastic. Truly superb in their detail and colo [...]

    6. Amanda Carlucci on said:

      I was pleasantly surprised. This book is not exactly what it looks like. It's not about 4 & 20 blackbirds or anything else Mother Goose. Some are older than that, if you can imagine. The idea behind this book was to put together a collection of lesser-known, under-appreciated tales. The author searched and dug through many ancient tomes as well as interviewed various American families from different backgrounds whose traditions included telling these tales to their children, at bedtime usual [...]

    7. Rachel on said:

      I've been trying to get a hold of this book for awhile, as it was the last book from 1938 (a Caldecott Honor) that I needed. It is a collection of nursery rhymes, which are explained in the table of contents and the introduction by the compiler Helen Dean Fish. Most of the rhymes are put to song, and the melodies are listed in the back of the book. I feel like the rhymes are either too morbid, random, or violent, but maybe that was the norm in the 18th and 19th centuries, when these rhymes were [...]

    8. Katie Fitzgerald on said:

      This book is a collection of some really great old nursery rhymes, some of which are very obvious cousins of songs we know and sing with kids today (such as Old MacDonald). One of the rhymes, "We Are All Nodding," I actually took down to possibly use at story time because it seemed like it would be fun to act out. I also loved the poem toward the end of the book that laughs at domestic disputes. Though I liked the Robert Lawson illustrations, it was the text of the rhymes that made this book a f [...]

    9. Ed on said:

      Very interesting book, and the nursery rhymes get quite gruesome at times. My favorite was "And he bit off his head and sucked his blood and ate him all up, and then lay down to see what Hooty would do when he came back". I enjoyed "Rufflecumtuffle" a lot, and it is a very interesting study of how many of these nursery rhymes have evolved over the years. Many of the rhymes in this book exist today in very different forms, and are familiar, but with modifications. The artwork was fun, but nothing [...]

    10. Abby on said:

      These old nursery rhyme books are difficult to hook kids in with. My 9 year old niece and I just skimmed through it and read a few of them. She did specifically mention liking the picture of Fat Lady Dumpling.

    11. Maria Rowe on said:

      • 1938 Caldecott Honor Book •This was difficult for me to get through. The language is dry and the stories are often depressing. I do like that these are older nursery rhymes, and actually considered old when the book came out in 1937. I’d only heard 2 or 3 of the them. The illustrations are well done. Materials used: unlistedTypeface used: unlisted

    12. Philip on said:

      This book is amazing for three reasons: 1) beautiful pictures; 2) it helps undermine Mother Goose's hegemonic control of classic English doggerel; 3) cats with guns, more than one.

    13. Crystal on said:

      1938 Caldecott HonorWow! Times have certainly changed. There were a lot of not so happy endings in these nursery rhymes. And often, when they were actually happy, the rhyme was preachy.

    14. Cathy Outten on said:

      The picture of Poor Lady Dumpling is the best. Most of the pictures are nothing too interesting. It is nice to read the tales and the few that have music scores in the back are fun too.

    15. Mckinley on said:

      Knew a couple of these old nursery rhymes. Great illustrations.Caldecott honor

    16. Molly on said:

      I found it really interesting to read some nursery rhymes that are lesser known, although many were quite gruesome. I also really enjoyed the illustrations.

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