Leane VanderPutten gave me her lovely book Catholic Mother Goose nursery rhymes.
I was tickled with how she was able to take the silly poems in the old Mother Goose to write her own poems with thoughts about Catholic saints, the Ten Commandments, and daily life at home and in church. She did a really good job of re-creating the poems from a Catholic perspective. This is the kind of Catholic book our children need!
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Nursery rhymes are fun, yet did you ever feel as if you wanted to correct the old Mother Goose rhymes? I did. I often felt that they were nonsensical and that I should have our children learn rhymes that were more useful in their lives or that would help them remember the catechism. Leane has "written the book" that's fun and also edifies children.
I also remember hearing someone say that the old rhymes were based on political themes. That's a scary thought. What were they promoting to preschool or kindergarten children?
As a matter of fact, for me, I found very little time for nursery rhymes. I had read a Mother Goose book a time or two and did not like it myself so I did not read it often to the children. I've read the old Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes to little children and saw that the main thing they did was search the pictures, sometimes not so nice pictures. They often looked at me strangely wanting to know if the stories made sense or if that was truly the end of the story.
But this book! If we would have had Leane's Catholic Mother Goose book (buy at Amazon), things would have been different. She has lovely rhymes with lovely pictures that are great for kids to read again and again. I would start early with my preschool children by simply sharing the Mother Goose stories as we cuddle on the couch for read aloud time. I've already shown Leane's book to several children who loved the pictures right away.
The pictures are the type I would have loved to have been able to color when I was a child. Becky Melechinsky drew many drawings that could be colored like a coloring book and Leane's photos are darling pictures of children that could also be colored. This would make a wonderful project for older children who could keep their own copy like a Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes coloring book to keep through the years. I would give this to my children as keepsakes because Leane's Catholic Mother Goose is also a great second and third grade reading book.
This is also a great idea to tell grandparents who want to get their children birthday and Christmas gifts. I'll certainly be getting this for our grandchildren.
Leane's Catholic Mother Goose nursery rhymes are lovely and instructive:
You can buy Leane's Catholic Mother Goose book at Amazon.
Let's take a tour of Leane's Catholic Mother Goose nursery rhymes to show you how nice the rhymes are.
My favorite pages in Catholic Mother Goose were the poems of
Leane rewrote Jack Be Nimble with a Catholic twist on page 4. Your altar boys will be amused by this treasure. We were. Isn't this sweet?!
Leane's Catholic Mother Goose nursery rhymes book has a list of titles that are especially sweet. So if you're looking for a particular story or want to teach a certain saint or virtue, you can scan the Table of Contents.
Here is my favorite list:
Deedle Deedle Dumpling my son, Todd, Plopped into bed without talking to God.
Tick-Tock goes Grandfather Clock; Majestic and Grand by the wall. Tick-Tock, it seems it can talk; Winking at me in the hall.
All in all, I think Leane VanderPutten has created a book that you'll love right now and that your children will love for generations for the very reason Leane gives in her Foreword:
Here's another note from Leane:
Leane, Becky Melechinsky, and Virginia Shibler have a right to be proud of their illustrated Catholic Mother Goose stories that you can buy at Amazon.
Leane has also written another lovely book called Cheerful Chats For Catholic Children (Amazon link) that is nice for older children. Not only does Leane tell sweet stories that teach a moral, she includes a short review, a nice prayer and a simple poem that would be easy to memorize.
Note: I would check each story ahead of time to see if it suits your children's dispositions and levels of experience. You would not want to suggest what might tempt your children.
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Catholic Mother Goose was written by Leane VanderPutten and illustrated by Becky Melechinsky and Virginia Shibler.