My Village Rhymes from Around the World by Michael Rosen


My Village Rhymes from Around the World by Michael Rosen

In a new edition of this special book, 22 nursery rhymes from Iran to Iceland and Samoa to Switzerland have been carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated by Mique Moriuchi. A celebration of cultural diversity, each poem appears in its original language (19 languages are included) next to an English translation so young children can delight in quirky, touching and funny verses from all over the world.


A wonderful collection of poetry from around the world, a special celebration of the rhyming world but more importantly of cultural diversity and originality 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. || 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. || 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

-rhyme fare || Saturday Review selected as Children

- and no screen time. || 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. || They are lovely verses, quirky and unusual and with wonderfully patterned language. This unusual collection is excellently set off by charming illustrations by Mique Moriuchi.

About the Author

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London.

Join Michael Rosen as he attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest reading lesson at 10am on Tues. 15 July. Watch below.

Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:

Most of my adult life, I've been a freelance writer, teacher (of sorts), journalist, performer and broadcaster. I visit schools doing my one-man show, and support Arsenal Football Club.

I have often written about my life and family, but I also write occasional fantasy (usually based in a real place) and non-fiction.

Things you didn't know about Michael Rosen
I wear size 12 shoes.
I like speaking French.
I'm an atheist.
I love mobile phones.
I love houmous.
I can't live without green warty pickled gherkins.
I hate racism.
My father was American.
I can slide my top lip one way and my bottom lip the other.
I can play the harmonica.

Photo credit Laurence Cendroicz

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64 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

8th January 2015



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