Press Release: Andrew Lang’s Nursery Rhyme Book

The Nursery Rhyme Book

Edited by Andrew Lang

Introduced by Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Debra McFarlane
with additional illustrations by L. Leslie Brooke

‘The point about these rhymes is to enjoy them&elip;
it’s a gift we pass on to each other’

MICHAEL ROSEN from the Introduction


This beautifully illustrated collection from The Folio Society, introduced by the acclaimed children’s poet Michael Rosen, has been produced in series with the enormously popular Folio editions of Andrew Lang’s Rainbow Fairy Books. It is an essential companion to a collection that celebrates children’s literature.

Nursery rhymes, much like fairy tales, are part of our shared literary heritage. Although now traditionally sung or taught exclusively to young children, their roots – like fairy and folk tales – go deep, drawing on a rich and varied history. Lang’s Nursery Rhyme Book, first published in 1897, gathers together more than 300 rhymes, including old favourites such as ‘Mistress Mary, quite contrary’ and ‘Sing a song of sixpence’, as well as less familiar gems. Peppered throughout are over 100 black & white line drawings by L. Leslie Brooke, a leading children’s book illustrator of the period. Debra McFarlane, illustrator of The Pink Fairy Book, has supplemented these images with six colour illustrations and a charming binding design that incorporates the characters from ‘Hey diddle diddle’ and Mother Goose.

Also included is Lang’s original preface, along with his notes on the rhymes, charmingly addressed to his young readers. Michael Rosen, a former Children’s Laureate and champion of poetry for young people, has provided a new introduction that comments on the social history of these rhymes, examining their origins and unique use of language. Lang’s scholarship, evident in his notes and his careful selection, makes this both a book for children to read, recite from and enjoy, and a fascinating text for anyone with an interest in oral history and folklore.

Product information
Bound in metallic cloth blocked with a design by Debra McFarlane. Set in Founder’s Caslon. 280 pages with 107 black & white integrated illustrations by L. Leslie Brooke; 6 colour illustrations by Debra McFarlane. Printed endpapers. Metallic coloured tops. 10˝ x 7½˝.

UK £36.95 US $59.95 Can $74.95 Aus $74.95


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