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Paula Rego Nursery Rhymes | 16-Jun-11

Alluring yet disturbing, full of bright colours but with the possibility of a darker interpretation - both could be a description of many of our best-loved nursery rhymes and the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. The Poetry Library has just acquired Paula Rego Nursery Rhymes, a beautiful hardback with a selection of the most familiar rhymes such as 'Old Mother Hubbard', 'Who Killed Cock Robin' and 'Sing a Song of Sixpence', each with a fantastically atmospheric illustration by Rego. The book is introduced by Marina Warner, a renowned writer on the genre, who says of the work:

"Paula Rego has seized hold of Mother Goose, the magnificent body of oral literature, and transformed her through private memory and imagination".


Some other nursery rhymes in the library's collection you might not know are:


The Alaska Mother Goose and other north country nursery rhymes / GILL, SHELLEY -- Seattle: Sasquatch Books: Sasquatch Books, 1987 (Book) - Child collection 

Abstract: Includes glossary of animals and teachers notes 


Chinese nursery rhymes -- Andoversford: Whittington Press, 1976 (Book) - Child anthology 



Gujarati nursery rhymes -- London: Mantra, 1988 (Book) - Child anthology 



The inner city Mother Goose / MERRIAM, EVE; Giovanni, Nikki (introduction) -- New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996 (Book) - Adult collection 



Makaton nursery rhymes [DVD] / Phillips, Dave Benson (presenter) -- London: Felgate Productions, 2006 (DVD) - Child anthology 

Abstract: Uses: signs and symbols from the Makaton Vocabulary Language Programme. 



Mother Goose comes to Cable Street: nursery rhymes for today -- Harmondsworth: Kestrel Books, 1977 (Book) - Child anthology 



N'heures souris rames: The Coucy Castle manuscript / DE KAY, ORMONDE -- London: Angus & Robertson, 1983 (Book) - Adult collection 

Abstract: Homonymous versions of English nursery rhymes presented as French verses transcribed from a fictitious sixteenth century manuscript, with full critical apparatus. 


Papa Moose's nursery rhymes for our times / RAJENDRA, CECIL -- London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, 1991 (Book) - Adult collection 

Abstract: Includes traditional texts of nursery rhymes 


The resurrection of Cock Robin (the nursery rhymes restored to their adult originals, volume 2) / ILES, NORMAN -- Morecambe: Privately printed: Privately Printed, 1983 (Book) - Adult collection 



Sandy candy, and other Scottish nursery rhymes -- London: Hogarth Press, 1948 (Book) - Child anthology 

Abstract: Includes index of first lines. 


Verse ahoy. Early Australian Nursery Rhymes -- Pymble: Angus and Robertson: Angus & Robertson, 1993 (Book) - Child anthology 

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