Picture book of nursery rhymes..."
The third of Raymond Briggs' early works in which he illustrates
a selection of classic and traditional rhymes and verses.
As before, the selection is very clever. Some choices are
familiar - like that popular title verse - whilst others seem to
plucked from near obscurity. How many do you recognise?
Fee Fi Fo Fum
Mrs Mason's Basin
Good King Arthur
When I was a Lad
The Lion and the Unicorn
The Queen of Hearts
Old Sir Simon the King
The Lady and the SWine
The Little Nut Tree
To the Snow
Run, Boys, Run
Both colour and black and white illustrations are featured.
Run features a splendidly fiery volcano, whilst
skips past the moon, and onto the chimney-pots.
But this reader likes To
the Snow best of all, with its depiction
of a kindly old woman in a mop cap, up on high. She's plucking
goose feathers which, in turn, fall as a snowstorm on the
countryside below... It's got a beguiling, dream-like charm...
As mentioned, Fee
Fi Fo Fum is the third in trilogy of
anthology titles, the previous entries being:
1962 Ring-A-Ring O'Roses
1963 The White Land
This adventure in verse culminated in the award-winning
Mother Goose Treasury...