My Village: Rhymes from Around the World

By Danielle Wright, Mique Moriuchi (Illus)
My Village cover



A collection of nursery verses for young children from around the world.

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The verses introduce young children to different cultures as well as helping those from other countries feel included. The book cleverly presents the translated rhyme opposite the verse in its original language. Nursery Education A funny, quirky and touching collection of nursey rhymes from 22 different countries...Young children will love Moriuchi's appealing illustrations and the fun opportunities to play with sound and language that this collection offers. Nursery World Stunningly illustrated by Mique Moriuchi, Danielle Wright's collection contains nursery rhymes from a wealth of countries, accessibly translated. There are action rhymes, lullabies and observations of children's everyday life. A version in the original language and, where appropriate, in original script, are placed alongside each poem giving this fascinating and colourful book long lasting appeal. Carousel Why do I adore this collection of poetry so much? Is it the unique, textured illustrations or the funny and touching poems collected from around the world? Although this fantastic combination makes for a stunning book, my favourite thing is that every poem, whether from Iran, Iceland, Samoa, Switzerland, Japan or Jamaica, is presented in its native tonguue as well as in English. This makes it an inbvaluable tool in enabling all children no matter what their first language is, to access and enjoy great poetry. Nursery Education The rhymes are well chosen and range from funny and bouncy to quiet and thoughtful. The brightly colored collage illustrations complement them well, although sometimes the backgrounds make the text difficult to read. Michael Rosen's introduction provides interesting information for adults sharing nursery rhymes with children. Overall, this fun volume will add some new verses to traditional nursery-rhyme fare School Library Journal A touching and funny collection of verses from 22 countries, ranging from Iran and Russia to Samoa and Brazil, with each brought to life by the wonderful artwork of Mique Moriuchi. Original languages and phonetic versions are included, opening up lots of fun opportunities for playing with the sound and language. Nursery World

Author Biography

Danielle Wright's background is in book publishing and she spent a few years working for Frederick Warne (UK) and Penguin Books (UK) as well as Penguin Books (NZ). More recently she has been proofreading and editing books - mostly for Random House (NZ). She enjoyed teaching migrants English when gaining her CELTA and then worked with many different migrant organisations while writing speeches for Sir Barry Curtis (when he was the Mayor of Manukau). During this time, she was surprised to learn that there are over 165 different ethnic groups in Manukau alone! Mique Moriuchi works with bits and pieces, textured paint and collage for her rich and unique pictures for children's books such as Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech (Bloomsbury) and Talk Peace by Sam Williams (Hodder Children's UK). Mique Moriuchi has a (BA) Hons. in Graphic design from Norwich School of Art & Design and an MA in sequential design and illustration from the University of Brighton. Michael Rosen is an enormously successful and popular writer, poet, scriptwriter, performer and broadcaster. Winner of the Smarties Award, the Other Award and the Signal Poets Award, he has written more than a hundred children's titles. In 1997 he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for his outstanding contribution to children's literature, and in 2007 he became the Children's Laureate. To visit Mike Rosen's website click here