everyone's going green these days

I read about The Green Mother Goose: saving the world one rhyme at a time, by Jan Peck, and David Davis, illustrated by Carin Berger, on another blog and just had to order it. I love all things green. And I love Mother Goose. And I love rhymes:

Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can *fuss*.
Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at *us*.
Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no *harm*.
Fezzik: He's really very short on *charm*.
Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini: Enough of that.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?

Ok, sorry for the Princess Bride tangent.

Anyway, this book was great. Berger's collage style illustrations really sent the message home: reuse! recyle! The pictures were both tre cool. And the nursery rhymes? Well anyone can rhyme, (as evidenced above), but not everyone can make clever, informative rhymes about the environment! Davis and Peck, well done!

So entertained was I by the rhymes that I read them aloud at the children's desk one day, killing time until lunch break. We librarians giggled like school girls. Ridiculous. Some of our favorites:

"This Little Piggy"
"This little piggy
saved some water
this little piggy
biked for fun
this little piggy used windmills
this little piggy used sun
this little piggy
squealed re-re-recycle all the way home"


"Little Jack Horner"
"Little Jack Horner
changed light bulbs in the corner
replacing the old incandescents,
now the lamps on the sills
cut his mama's high bills,
because the lights are all
compact florescents"


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