The Nursery Rhyme Book
Illustrated by Debra McFarlane and L. Leslie Brooke
Introduced by Michael Rosen
A lively collection of nursery rhymes, both familiar and little known, collected by Andrew Lang, the acclaimed folklorist and editor of the Rainbow Fairy Books.
In his introduction to this collection, former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen describes nursery rhymes as 'a gift we pass on to each other'; these verses, part of our shared literary heritage and oral history, remain as vital and engaging today as when they were first composed. This beautifully illustrated book of nursery rhymes, selected by folklorist Andrew Lang, is published in series with the enormously popular Folio editions of Lang’s Rainbow Fairy Books. It is an essential companion volume to a collection that celebrates childhood literature.
‘As the years go by, and the summers rush on while the winters lengthen, how greatly do we value the songs we read in what Mr Lang describes as “my first library, a wooden box full of loose, floppy picture-books”’
- Spectator, 1898
Bound in metallic cloth blocked with a design by Debra McFarlane
Set in Founder’s Caslon
Frontispiece and 106 integrated black & white illustrations by L. Leslie Brooke, and 6 colour illustrations by Debra McFarlane
10" x 7½"
The last of the collection
Andrew Lang's nursery rhymes
The original preface
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