Book Reviews Picture Books

2 x 2 (by 2): Pocketful of Posies & One Pup’s Up

Pocketful of Posies is a book of nursery rhymes, which means originally I intended to hate it. They just always seems like such LONG books to me with no plot.

But I’ve been surprised that, as Ella gets older, they are some of my favorite books. I like singing the songs to her and I love seeing the slightly different texts and the way the illustrations interpret the words.

Pocketful of Posies is my favorite nursery rhyme book yet. Not only does it have a huge variety of nursery rhymes (many of which are not well-known and that I’d never encountered), but the illustrations. I have no words. They are little sewing/art projects, each carefully assembled from a wide variety of materials and then arranged and photographed. I am in awe of how much work went into every single page (and this book has a solid 40 pages or so).

We’ve read this book dozens of times (in fact, we had to check it out from the library again after I returned it and Ella kept picking up The Horn Book magazine that had a cover done by Salley Mavor, thinking it was the book and sobbing when it was not, in fact, her book), and I never get tired of looking at the amazing details in the illustrations.

Also, we had this book when my mom stayed with Ella while we were on a cruise, and she told me afterward that she plans to get this book for all her close friends when they become grandmothers because it’s the perfect book for a grandmother’s book collection. It is that good.

One Pup’s Up is just a fun, quick little read that Ella and I both thoroughly enjoyed. It’s got a rollicking little rhythm to it and I like the counting aspect of it.

And cute little dogs? They are hard to resist.the illustrations are bright and bold and happy.

There’s nothing very complicated about this book – each page has one additional dog added to the pack, doing something new (begging for kibble or pouncing or chasing or tumbling about), and then it counts back down as the pups eventually fall back asleep. Until one pup’s up. . . .

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  • Reply Lady Susan May 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Sweet! My library actually has both of these so I have already placed holds. I really love these book recommendations.

    However, does Ella really like "Blueberries for Sal?" Finn did not. Too wordy, pictures too monochromatic and busy. And although this might be sacrilege, I thought it was boring as well. Oh well. 😉

  • Reply Packrat May 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    So glad you are reading your child nursery rhymes. So many stories that she will read later refer to them.

  • Reply weefolk May 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review my book, Pocketful of Posies. The story about your daughter connecting the Horn Book cover with the nursery rhyme book is precious! Your readers might like to know that the original fabric relief artwork from the book is touring the country into 2014. They can see the schedule on my blog:
    Salley Mavor

  • Reply Jessica May 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Oh, yes, Pocketful of Posies is SO GORGEOUS, and that Horn Book cover has to be my favorite. There is a large version somewhere around the office, and I just want to gaze upon it most of the time I am there…

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