Monday, October 16, 2017

"Nursery Rhyme Time" - a bookwrap

Excerpts from Saturday's post...

Unwrapping some wisdom

Do you know what’s one of the best predictors of how well a kindergartner will learn to read? It’s if he knows his nursery rhymes.
Jack and Jill went up the hill. 
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. 
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Jack Sprat would eat no fat. His wife would eat no lean.

All those nonsensical verses from your childhood really do matter.  They matter, because they rhyme.  Rhyming is fun.  And it’s a very important part of reading success.

In her book, Reading Magic, acclaimed Australian author, Mem Fox states that “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”

Paediatric Speech Pathologist and literacy specialist Rebecca King from Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney agrees. She says that “international research has shown that children who learn nursery rhymes and songs reap numerous language, learning and social rewards.”

“Studies show that children learn more in their first eight years than at any other stage in their lives. Songs and nursery rhymes give kids the chance to develop the language and learning foundations needed for good reading, writing and literacy skills later on.”

Unwrapping today's featured book

"Nursey Rhyme Time"
Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Amy Mullen

Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

The illustrations in this book are sweet and very kid-friendly.  The colour pallet is soothing and calm and toddlers and wee learners will gobble them up.  

The collection of nursery rhymes that Mullen has selected to illustrate features such classics as Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, The Little Girl with a Curl, Jack and Jill, Three Blind Mice, To Market, and Baa Baa Black Sheep, just to name a few.   She cleverly includes some less known ones for both you and your child to learn off by heart... and that is where this rhyming fun will nestle... in your heart probably for your entire lifetime. 

This book is one that your child will go back to again and again as the tripping-off-the-tongue language flows off his tongue.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the illustrator

Amy Mullen is a self-taught digital illustrator living and working in the Washington, DC metro area. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a BA in Dance and a minor in English & Creative Writing. She is a member of SCBWI and has an affection for all things related to the children’s illustration market. In 2009, Amy created Mint Parcel, a line of affordable art prints for kids featuring animals, monsters, pop culture figures and famous literary characters.

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