A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems


We find a wide selection of traditional verse, songs and nursery rhymes within themes in A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems. Therefore, alongside Lavender’s Blue and Ladybird, Ladybird, we find Fiddle-De-Dee. Thereafter, we venture to the pond to Froggie, Froggie and The Swan. Beyond the swan is the park, where we might ride bikes and sing the best-known extract from Harry Dacre’s Daisy Bell. There might be a pony, or even a knee to bounce upon, to recite Yankee Doodle.

The curation of poems, rhymes and songs included within this collection is outstanding. What’s more, Frann Preston-Gannon’s pictures are so beautiful, that you want to linger and drink in the scenes. Then again, this is a lush, quality production. Altogether it means that A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems is a title that Bookwagon recommends highly to early years, for those seeking a gift for a newborn, or those looking for a collection to initiate a literary life.

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A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems

illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

(Nosy Crow)

Research proves how essential early rhyming and verse experience are for child development. Therefore, to indulge in A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems is essential. What’s more with curation from the Nosy Crow team and illustrations by Frann Preston- Gannon, this is a magnificent selection.
Alongside traditional verse such as If All the World, there are songs, like I Saw a Ship A-sailing or Do Your Ears Hang Low? Thereafter, traditional works from Longfellow and Rossetti are included. Did you know, for example, that either of these icons wrote There Was a Little Girl. Then again, inLongfellow’s case, or The Pancake? The attributions are wonderful. It means that as we read through we’re reminded of the wealth of literature available right from early steps. Thereafter, did you realise that Mary’s Lamb, aka Mary Had a Little Lamb, offers only an extract with which we are familiar? In fact, this verse is part of a much longer narrative, from Sarah Josepha Hale!
What’s more, the way this book is created means that we start at the beginning of a day, within a farm setting, and thereafter begin to explore. We look at the seasons, therefore- It’s raining, it’s pouring/ The Old man’s snoring…’ and then undertake actions when the sun beams again. ‘Round and round the garden…’  We might choose to supplement this with Big Green Crocodile. Then again there are words to say that demand repetition and recall, like ‘See-saw, Margery Daw’ or ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock’.
Bookwagon admires and recommends A Treasure of Nursery Rhymes and Poems for home, bedtime, constant use, gifting and for the best start for new readers. This is a superb book.


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