Honey for You, Honey for Me: A First Book of Nursery Rhymes (Hardcover)
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The award-winning team behind A Great Big Cuddle—two former UK Children’s Laureates—reunite to present a collection of nursery rhymes both familiar and rediscovered.
Honey for breakfast,
Honey for tea.
Honey for YOU,
Honey for ME.
Welcome to the vibrant world of nursery rhymes—from beloved playground sayings to forgotten gems. Collected by preeminent children’s author Michael Rosen, these lilting poems, more than thirty in all, are brought to life in playful illustrations by award-winning artist Chris Riddell. Perfect for reading aloud and sure to become an instant favorite, this selection of nursery poems, created by two former UK Children’s Laureates, is a delightful keepsake for families to share and treasure.
About the Author
Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, and performer who has received many prestigious awards. His books include A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young and Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes, both illustrated by Chris Riddell; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; Bananas in My Ears and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, both illustrated by Quentin Blake; This Is Our House and I’m Number One, both illustrated by Bob Graham; Red Ted and the Lost Things, illustrated by Joel Stewart; Tiny Little Fly, illustrated by Kevin Waldron; and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry, illustrated by Chinlun Lee. A former British Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen lives in London.
Chris Riddell is an award-winning illustrator, a writer of children’s books, and a political cartoonist. He is the illustrator of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, retold by Martin Jenkins, as well as A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young and Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes, both by Michael Rosen. The winner of three Kate Greenaway Medals and a former British Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell lives in Brighton, England.
Warmhearted, unfussy presentations by Riddell (Pirate Stew) feature lots of gallivanting animals (anthropomorphized and otherwise) and an inclusive cast of children in settings that range from white space to landscapes to sunny domestic interiors...in terms of foundational texts for youngest children, this one should elicit as many smiles as “honey for breakfast, honey for tea.”
This is not your average book of nursery rhymes. This illustrated collection consists of verses sourced from historical anthologies and therefore contains poems that many Americans have most likely never encountered before.. a thoughtfully curated and entertaining read for devotees of English and Anglo-American children’s verse or for adults looking to expose their children to nursery rhymes they may not otherwise hear. An unusual, lively collection of nursery rhymes sourced from historic texts.