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The Resource The inner city Mother Goose, Eve Merriam ; illustrated by David Diaz ; introduction by Nikki Giovanni

The inner city Mother Goose, Eve Merriam ; illustrated by David Diaz ; introduction by Nikki Giovanni

Label
The inner city Mother Goose
Title
The inner city Mother Goose
Statement of responsibility
Eve Merriam ; illustrated by David Diaz ; introduction by Nikki Giovanni
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mother Goose rhymes were not always considered to be nonsensical fare for young children, originally these verses were written as social and politcal commentary. In 1969 when author Eve Merriam wanted to comment about social and political issues of the time, she turned to Mother Goose rhymes in a nod to their original purpose. Her resultant poems, inspired by traditional "nursery rhymes," depict the grim reality of inner city life, including such topics as crime, drug abuse, unemployment, and inadequate housing
Awards note
  • CCBC Choices, 1996
  • Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, 1997
Biographical or historical data
"Eve Merriam, 1916-1992, was an award-winning writer, playwright and poet for both children and adults. Merriam dedicated her life and most of her work championing the virtues of poetry and wrote extensively on how to read, write and enjoy language and poetry. As her reputation grew in the sixties and the seventies, she, like other poets of her time, 'shifted her concerns to reflect the inner emotional conflicts and stark realities of the world facing children: anxieties, alienation, racial and social injustice, war, in-humane technology, and the struggles of urban life.' (Zaidman, 1987). This concern over social issues undoubtedly motivated her to write the Inner City Mother Goose rhymes, and her choice of Mother Goose as the pattern for her satirical messages pays homage to the political derivation of the original rhymes. Merriam explains in her introduction to the 1982 edition (and reprinted in the 1996 edition), ' ... when I wanted to comment about some social and political issues of our time, I was following an old tradition of using Mother Goose characters. What modern situations would they face, and where would they live?'"--Contemporary Censorship of Mother Goose <http://eclipse.rutgers.edu/goose/censorship2.aspx>
Cataloging source
DLC
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1916-1992
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Merriam, Eve
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Young Adult
  • Despite the use of the child-friendly moniker of Mother Goose in its title, The inner city Mother Goose, originally published in 1969, expanded and self-published in 1982, and revised and reissued in 1996, was never been meant for children-- the first and second editions of the book were directed at an adult audience, and the third edition was published specifically for young adults
Literary form
non fiction
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Diaz, David
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  • Social problems
  • Slums
  • United States
  • Inner cities
  • Slums
  • Social problems
  • City and town life
  • Children's poetry, American
  • City and town life
  • City and town life
  • American poetry
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Children's poetry, American
  • City and town life
  • Inner cities
  • City life
  • American poetry
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The inner city Mother Goose, Eve Merriam ; illustrated by David Diaz ; introduction by Nikki Giovanni
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally published 1969
  • "This new volume, the first published specifically for young adults, contains the complete text of the expanded 1982 edition, and a new introduction by poet Nikki Giovani. It is illustrated with ten dazzling full-color paintings by Caldecott Award-winning artist David Diaz."--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Diddle diddle dumpling
  • Star light, star bright
  • Now I lay me down to sleep
  • There is a lady
  • Hark, hark
  • Lucy Locket
  • Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
  • Take-a-tour, take-a-tour, congressman
  • Boys and girls come out to play
  • What are summer nights made of?
  • Introduction:
  • Everyone knows
  • You'll find mice
  • Ding, dong, bell
  • Hushabye baby
  • Rub-a-dub-dub
  • Here we go round
  • Here I am, Little Jumping Joan
  • The recruiting sergeant
  • The generals
  • Taxi Man
  • "The inner city me"
  • Robin and Richard
  • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
  • Sing a song of subways
  • I had a little
  • My mother said
  • Who killed nobody?
  • On TV
  • This is the plant that was built
  • Cherry stones
  • Jack Sprat
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Taffy
  • If
  • To market
  • Run, run
  • One misty moisty morning
  • One, two
  • Christmas is coming
  • Twelve rooftops leaping
  • Fee, fi, fo, fum
  • There is an old woman
  • Eve Merriam's introduction to the 1982 edition
  • There was a man and he had naught
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Tom Tucker
  • A man of words
  • Fire
  • Hey diddle diddle
  • Hickety, pickety, my black hen
  • Dump it, dump it
  • Tom, Tom
  • The cow jumped over the moon
  • Jeremiah Obadiah
  • There was a crooked man
  • There was a man
  • Wisdom
  • I do not like thee
  • Twinkie, Twinkie
  • Numbers
  • Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
  • Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
  • Young flesh to sell
  • Gliding across
  • The nub of the nation
  • Solomon Grundy
  • There was a little man
  • The riddle
  • Hector Protector
  • Kindness
  • Urban renewal
  • Simple Simon
  • Mary, Mary
Control code
ocm28336003
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 70 pages
Isbn
9780689806773
Lccn
95022553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)28336003
Label
The inner city Mother Goose, Eve Merriam ; illustrated by David Diaz ; introduction by Nikki Giovanni
Publication
Note
  • Originally published 1969
  • "This new volume, the first published specifically for young adults, contains the complete text of the expanded 1982 edition, and a new introduction by poet Nikki Giovani. It is illustrated with ten dazzling full-color paintings by Caldecott Award-winning artist David Diaz."--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Diddle diddle dumpling
  • Star light, star bright
  • Now I lay me down to sleep
  • There is a lady
  • Hark, hark
  • Lucy Locket
  • Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
  • Take-a-tour, take-a-tour, congressman
  • Boys and girls come out to play
  • What are summer nights made of?
  • Introduction:
  • Everyone knows
  • You'll find mice
  • Ding, dong, bell
  • Hushabye baby
  • Rub-a-dub-dub
  • Here we go round
  • Here I am, Little Jumping Joan
  • The recruiting sergeant
  • The generals
  • Taxi Man
  • "The inner city me"
  • Robin and Richard
  • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
  • Sing a song of subways
  • I had a little
  • My mother said
  • Who killed nobody?
  • On TV
  • This is the plant that was built
  • Cherry stones
  • Jack Sprat
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Taffy
  • If
  • To market
  • Run, run
  • One misty moisty morning
  • One, two
  • Christmas is coming
  • Twelve rooftops leaping
  • Fee, fi, fo, fum
  • There is an old woman
  • Eve Merriam's introduction to the 1982 edition
  • There was a man and he had naught
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Tom Tucker
  • A man of words
  • Fire
  • Hey diddle diddle
  • Hickety, pickety, my black hen
  • Dump it, dump it
  • Tom, Tom
  • The cow jumped over the moon
  • Jeremiah Obadiah
  • There was a crooked man
  • There was a man
  • Wisdom
  • I do not like thee
  • Twinkie, Twinkie
  • Numbers
  • Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
  • Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
  • Young flesh to sell
  • Gliding across
  • The nub of the nation
  • Solomon Grundy
  • There was a little man
  • The riddle
  • Hector Protector
  • Kindness
  • Urban renewal
  • Simple Simon
  • Mary, Mary
Control code
ocm28336003
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 70 pages
Isbn
9780689806773
Lccn
95022553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)28336003

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