This beautifully illustrated collection of traditional poems and nursery rhymes would make an amazing gift for any little ones!
Book: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems illustrated by Frann Preston-Gann
Read before: No
Publication date: 15th October 2020
Ownership: Review copy sent free of charge by Nosy Crow. All opinions my own.
The 101 nursery rhymes and poems collected in this book will mostly be familiar, but it’s a lovely idea to have a book like this where they can all be found together. Adult readers will find themselves nodding as they remember the rhymes they loved as a child, I think, but there were even a few I hadn’t heard before! It would be great fun to read with a little one, and a really sweet way to pass on these nursery rhymes to a new generation.
The poems are collected into little groups with similar themes, which means that each spread can be illustrated to complement them. The art is lovely, with very soft colours, making it a very relaxing read, and plenty of life and humour in the depictions of the animals and people within! I particularly liked the birds, which have a great spark to them, and the spread that is absolutely full of tigers. There’s a great range of diversity in the human characters, too. The book itself is just a beautiful object, with a lovely matte dustjacket and gorgeous silver foil on turquoise cloth underneath, as well as a ribbon bookmark! It feels very luxurious.
This is the sort of book you can return to over and over again, and that a child could delve into by themself or with an adult – you could easily read a poem a day! It would make a beautiful gift for a special occasion (I gave a couple of copies for Christmas!) or even just as a treat.
A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems is out now from Nosy Crow Books.