Sometimes I realize that I take for granted all of the great Ohio authors we have. We are lucky to live in a state with such great children's authors. Will Hillenbrand is one of those great Ohio authors. At Cover to Cover last week, I saw his new book, MOTHER GOOSE PICTURE PUZZLES, in the window. What a treat of a book!
This book is a rebus type book-but a little more than that. For each of 20 classic Mother Goose rhymes, pictures replace some of the words. So readers can guess the word. For readers who need a bit of help, there are clues in each picture to help out. (And for readers who are not quite sure about the meaning of things like a "fiddle" or "silver bells", the illustrations will help them understand.
Hillenbrand's illustration are a great match for these classic rhymes. Each rhyme is placed on a two-page spread with a great matching illustration. In the case where 2 rhymes are on a single spread, the illustrations work together. Hillenbrand is really brilliant in this book.
The book is a little larger than a typical picture books which makes it a great choice for sharing. I can see buying lots of these for several reasons. It would make a GREAT baby gift. A new baby could enjoy this book for years. It would also be great in a primary classroom. I think because of the rebus aspect, older kids would enjoy it too. I plan to share it with all students when we focus a bit on poetry in April. I am pretty sure they will all love it.