Book Review: The House That Jack Built

Rating: ★★★★☆

This is a very nice rendition of the classic nursery rhyme, illustrated by the nineteenth-century children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott (the 19th-century children’s illustrator for whom the Caldecott award was named).  There are more modern versions of the nursery rhyme, but this one captures visually the flavor and mood by portraying the words and characters in a cultural context that made sense when the rhyme originated.  Modern children may not know much about the use of barley malt and the ways of cats stalking rats, but they can see these things portrayed as they really were in this beautiful book.  A very nice addition to your nursery-rhyme collection, and the best version I have seen so far, although harder to find than those produced in recent years.

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Publication Information: Caldecott, Randolph. House That Jack Built, The. Dodo. 1878. ISBN: 1406512273.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04,
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Posted on July 9, 2009

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