Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

by Salley Mavor


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This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes.

It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, each scene taking nearly a month to complete. In this book, Mavor renders a new and visionary nursery rhyme world with precision and intricacy for many a generation to treasure for years and years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618737406
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/27/2010
Pages: 62
Sales rank: 312,989
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

"Working in 3 dimensions was an exciting way to communicate my ideas," writes Salley Mavor.  "I never thought that the assemblages and experiments I presented for critique would ever turn into a workable illustration technique."
Salley Mavor is an award-winning children's book illustrator and the owner of Wee Folk Studio. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Visit her website at www.weefolkstudio.com.

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"When teachers bemoan the lack of knowledge of nursery tales in their young students, press this special volume into their hands, but get one for home, too: every family deserves a fine collection of nursery rhymes, and this is one of the best."—The Horn Book, starred review

"On every page, embroidery, knotwork and beautifully dyed wool felt form backgrounds for the dozens of individual figures and buttons, beads, driftwood and stones. The design is sumptuous, and the smaller details enchant."—Kirkus Reviews

"Rarely have classic childhood verses been depicted with so much care and detail—and fabric....Mavor's intricate and colorfully embroidered work of art makes even the best-known childhood poems feel special and new again."—Publishers Weekly

"An unusual and charming addition to nursery-rhyme shelves."—School Library Journal



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Pocketful of Posies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MemofromMom More than 1 year ago
Salley Mavor's art work is wonderful. She puts incredible details into each piece. I can't wait for her next book to come out.
HMatthew More than 1 year ago
Pocketful of Posies is a beautifully illustrated book that is built up of everyones favorite nursery rhymes. Perfect for children because every page has a good rhythm and has them chanting along. This collection of over 60 nursery rhymes are each illustrated amazingly, Mover is known for her detailed fabric work. Winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, one of the most prestigious awards for children's literature, this book was more than deserving. Each scene took Mover about a month, filled with a variety of different materials stitched together The amazing detail brings the characters to life and the readers into different places around the world. This book is aimed toward the younger grades but can be appreciated by people of all ages, including me.
JMIKELABS More than 1 year ago
Sally Mavor set the standards high when it comes to creativity, and creating a picture book full of nursery rhymes that have been around for centuries. Her illustrations are breath taking. I have never seen anything like it. The way she brought the characters of the rhymes to life with her hand sewn fabric relief collages were outstanding. Each page is filled with so much detail as well as the vibrant colors. She created these scenes with felt backgorunds, stuffed characters (people and animals). She used buttons, wool,wood,string and other materials to create the settings and characters. This would be a great book for children in preschool and kindergarten. Children at this age love for you to read to them, especially when it rhymes. You can read it to them first and then introduce the pictures later. I just feel that when a child is looking at the book while you're reading it to them, sometimes they are not really listening to the words but only looking at the pictures. Although pictures can say a thousand different things, the words that are part of the story are very important. Children will get a better concept of reading when they are actually reading the words and not just guessing what the story is really about just by looking at the pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We bought this for Christmas for our granddaughters, ages 3 and 8. They enjoy the stories, but I think their parents also enjoy the beautiful illustrations with each story. They are individually handmade from felt, pasta, yarn and other natural items fashioned together to picture the story. A very good purchase.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Traditional nursery rhymes illustrated in "hand-sewn fabric relief collages." Most of the rhymes are familiar - old classics including Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater, The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, and the like. But a few may be so old as to be new, "I'm dusty Bill from Vinegar Hill. Never had a bath and never will."The depictions of the exquisitely detailed needlework are simply stunning. Even a child who can't appreciate the work involved will know that this book is something special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago