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A Collection of Nursery Rhymes book review

A little girl reading a copy of the Parragon Book A Collection of Nursery Rhymes

Mr H and I love reading. This love has always been a common interest and one that we can spend hours discussing.

We wanted to instill the same love of books and reading into Little Miss H. And I began reading to her when she was in my tummy. Then when she was born stories became a very important part of her bedtime ritual.

She now loves books.

She is often found sitting cross-legged on the floor with a pile of books in front of her. And she can spend hours prattling to herself as she reads aloud.

A little girl with brown hair tied in a ponytail lying on her tummy on the floor reading a nursery rhyme from the Parragon Book A Collection of Nusery Rhymes_Mrs H's Favourite Things
That is why I applied to become a Parragon Book Buddy when I attended Britmums back in June.

After the lovely people at Parragon Books had sifted through 100s of applications we were invited to become Parragon Book Buddies. Hurrah!

Every month, Little Miss H and I will be sent a Parragon Book that I will then share with you, my dear readers, in a review. The first book we have been sent is A Collection of Nursery Rhymes from their Cute as a Button range.

The cover illustration for "A Collection of Nursery Rhymes" by Parragon Books

I am ashamed that when I first had Little Miss H, I could not remember any nursery rhymes. I attended a “Bounce and Rhyme” session at the library and didn’t know any of the words or actions to any of the songs. I felt like a failure as a mother.

I wish I’d got this book when she was first-born. I would have loved to have shared a nursery rhyme a day with her.

This book includes the largest collection of nursery rhymes I have ever seen (over one hundred). There are Little Miss H’s favourites such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”; “Incy Wincy Spider”; “Horsie, Horsie, Don’t You Stop” and “Five Little Ducks”. Then there are some rhymes I have never heard of before: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”; “An Elephant Walks Like This And That”; “The Lion And The Unicorn” and “Go To Bed Late”.

The nursery rhymes are broken down into four categories: action rhymes (including the movements that accompany the rhyme), animal rhymes, counting rhymes and bedtime rhymes. Little Miss H particularly loves the animal rhymes and she likes to shout out the name of all the animals in the illustrations.

In fact, it is the illustrations that make this book for me. They are truly lovely and quite unique. It seems that many children’s books have very similar illustrations – bold and brightly coloured. Almost garish.

The pictures in this collection of nursery rhymes are as cute as a button. They seem completely fitting for a book of this kind. And Little Miss H loves them. I have often found her flicking through the nursery rhymes and staring at the drawings of cats, elephants, ducks and stars.

A little girl in a red dress sitting on the floor in front of a window reading the Parragon Book A Collection of Nursery Rhymes_Mrs H's favourite things
A little girl in a dress reading the Parragon Book A Collection of Nursery Rhymes whilst sitting by a table in front of a window_Mrs H's favourite things

A little girl in a pretty dress sitting on the floor in front of a window flicking through "A collection of nursery rhymes" by Parragon Books.

A little girl in a purple dress reading "A Collection of Nursery Rhymes" by Parragon Books

A little girl in a purple dress sitting in front of a window and reading the Parragon Book A Collection of Nursery Rhymes
This is a gorgeous book. Little Miss H  has a number of books that she can treasure and keep forever and this collection of nursery rhymes is now included in that number. It is a keepsake and I hope that it will still grace her bookshelves in years to come.

A Collection of Nursery Rhymes would make a wonderful present for Christmas, a first birthday or a Christening. It is available at Easons, Tesco, TK Maxx and The Works.

Thanks to Parragon Books for sending this book to us. Little Miss H and I are already excited about next month’s book.

Does your child have any books that you hope they will treasure forever?




Disclaimer: I was sent A Collection of Nursery Rhymes by Parragon Books as part of the Parragon Book Buddy programme. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

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  • Reply
    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    September 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Love the photos of Little Miss reading, very cute! Sounds like a great book and would be perfect gift to give to a little one, I always buy books for presents so I will look out for this one. I love reading to my boys too and the twins will always try and sing along when I start but I do forget the words to the nursery rhymes sometimes…oops! I like the idea of having a book of them, especially when you have lovely illustrations to look at too xx

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    Sarah Christie
    September 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Ah such a sweet books, creating a love for reading is so important and nursery rhymes are a wonderful place to start x

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    September 26, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Oooh that book looks fab! I was really rubbish with nursery rhymes too and let’s be honest felt a bit of a plonker doing any actions (now can be seen playing superheroes in tesco and telling stories in public toilets!) this really would have helped me a lot. Wish I’d have had it when T was small too. Great review xx

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    Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    September 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    It really is a stunning book! We have loved it too… the illustrations are stunning. I had no idea you could get it in al of those shops too.
    Little Miss H is totally cute in her dress and pig tails reading. Bless her xxx

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    Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    September 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    This looks like a gorgeous book. When I had Sam I was really rusty on the nursery rhymes but many bounce and rhyme sessions soon had me catching up! xx

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    September 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Fab review, Mrs H.

    We loved this book too – there’s just so many nursery rhymes in it. Some I’d never even heard of before as well as the well-known classics.

    The pictures are stunning too. xx

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    Mini Travellers
    September 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

    So cute, reading is the one thing I couldn’t be without. I love it, and love watching the girls read books aloud. We’ve just started on the journey of actually learning to read and it is so cute!

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      Mrs H
      September 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks for your comment lovely. You are so right! I couldn’t manage without reading. And it makes me sad that I don’t get to do it enough. I love the fact that Little Miss H adores books. And it has been so cute seeing her curled up looking at this collection of nursery rhymes. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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