Lavender's Blue by Kathleen Lines

Lavender's Blue

Written by Kathleen Lines

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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Chosen by February 2012 Guest Editor, Jacqueline Wilson: "I think every child should have a special book of nursery rhymes - these odd quirky strange little verses are a first vital introduction to poetry, and all toddlers love to chant along with the words. Harold Jones's beautiful and lavish illustrations make this collection particularly magical. The subtle colouring, peach, apple green, primrose and blue, gives every picture a haunting dreamlike quality, and the extraordinary detail will keep a child poring over the pages for hours. I especially love all the little domestic interior scenes - they're reassuringly cosy without being in the least sentimental. It's a book to treasure forever."

July 2011's Guest Editor, Anne Fine: "This book is over fifty years old, but in the everlasting flood of new collections it stays a winner because all the daft things you end up singing about are there somewhere on the page. Small children love it because they don’t keep having to break in and ask what all these strange rhymes are about. And parents love it because they don’t have to keep stopping to answer; they can just point. (And, when you’re sure you’ve done your job because they know the whole lot off by heart, try moving on to Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. Everyone talks about how hard it is to introduce poetry to children, but that’s nonsense. Just start here. They’re rich and colourful, with rhythms that make them easy to read and fix in the brain. And since they mirror so many of a child’s everyday experiences, they catch their attention at once."

The Lovereading Comment:

A classic collection of nursery rhymes with beautiful, timeless illustration by Harold Jones. First published 50 years ago, Lavender’s Blue remains the perfect book for every new family as it provides all the favourite nursery rhymes as well as some new ones.


Lavender's Blue by Kathleen Lines

A definitive collection of nursery rhymes, beautifully designed and illustrated by the influential artist, Harold Jones. This edition has been lovingly produced to recreate the look and feel of the first printing of this much loved book, which was originally published in 1954.


"The nursery rhyme book to outlast all others." - Nursery World, 1954

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180 pages


Kathleen Lines
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st March 2007




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