Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
If you are looking for a present for a young child then the Usborne Book of Nursery Rhymes would make a delightful gift. The book is hardback and comes enclosed in a beautifully illustrated cardboard sleeve depicting various nursery rhymes such as Little Miss Muffet.
Inside the sleeve is a thick paged glossy book full of enchanting pictures. One hundred and eighteen traditional nursery rhymes grace the one hundred and twenty-seven pages of this book with the longer ones such as Oh Dear What Can the Matter be spreading over two pages. Each page has a beautiful illustration bringing the nursery rhyme to life. One of our favourites at home, The Grand Old Duke of York, has a two-page spread with thirty colourful soldiers following The Duke up the hill, it is delightful.
This book would be suitable for very young children for bed time stories or for slightly older children learning to read as the words are lovely and clear. There are also several that can be sung along to such as Sing a Song o’ Sixpence & Baa Baa Black sheep for an interactive play session. There are so many classics in the Osbornes Nursery Rhyme book that you will never get bored but some of our number one family choices are Jack and Jill, There Was a Little Girl who had a Little Curl, and Ladybird Ladybird Fly Away Home.
My four-year-old has been captivated by this book and we have had to read several nursery rhymes every day after tea, he enjoys learning the new ones especially ones with actions like, Here is The Church. There are also lots in the book that I had forgotten from my childhood so it was nice to be able to share them with my son.
The Usborne Nursery Rhymes book is a charming book which will delight any child and I highly recommend it for a Christmas or birthday gift.
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