Top of the Shelf: Pocketful of Posies

January 25th, 2011 by Jeannine Jeannine

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Here’s a substantial collection of nursery rhymes every child should hear arranged to meander from morning to evening. This big book drew my hands toward the photographs of felt children, animals, and trees, and made me lean in to examine the stitches’ astonishing detail. The peas in a pod, faces peering from pumpkins, a babe rocking in a walnut cradle and much more echo a warmth in poems we want to chant even when we don’t quite understand them. The images are a good match for rhymes like The Cow Jumped Over the moon, Three Blind Mice, and others hailing from an era when they were often told by knitters, spinners, menders, perhaps with balls of wool on one knee and a contented child on the other.

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