Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls
Lucy Nolan
Sylvan Dell Publishing (2009)
ISBN 9781934359969
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (8/09)


In “Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls,” Lucy Nolan takes popular nursery rhymes and incorporates the ocean, seashore, and nautical themes into them.  For instance, instead of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Nolan’s version is “Mary Had a Little Clam.”

Cayden: “This book was kind of funny because I knew the nursery rhymes the way they were supposed to be but these were a little different.  My favorite was ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ because it said Key West in it and that is where grandma and grandpa go all of the time.  I liked the one with the old woman living in a shell too, instead of the shoe.”

Parent’s comments:
“Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls” by Lucy Nolan is definitely unlike any nursery rhyme book that you have ever read.  There are a lot of creative plays on the classics.  While most of the rhymes my child was able to understand, there were one or two that were too difficult for him to grasp the concept of.  We loved the “Creative Minds” section at the end of the book which presents more educational activities relating to the subject matter.

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