Father Fox's Pennyrhymes Author:Clyde Watson Full of vim, vigor, and robust silliness, Father Fox's Pennyrhymes and his russet-furred, pointy-nosed family romp through the pages of these original American nursery rhymes, written and illustrated in the early 1970s by a pair of Vermonter sisters, Clyde and Wendy Watson. Each two-page spread features a quirky little verse on one side and fram... more »ed pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations on the other. The extensive Fox family, in their patchwork-mended clothes, tumble over one another as they depict the very rhymes their father tells. Nonsense blends with nostalgia in both word and picture, and the upbeat rhythms beg to be tapped, stomped, or shouted out loud in such gems as:
Ride your red horse down Vinegar Lane,
Gallop, oh gallop, oh gallop again!
Thistles & foxholes & fences beware:
I've seventeen children but none I can spare.
Joining the ranks of Edward Lear and Old Mother Goose, the Watson sisters created a classic with these marvelously zany "pennyrhymes." (Ages 3 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Father Fox's Pennyrhymes (1971) by Clyde Watson, illus. by Wendy Watson, with its delicately framed watercolor-and-ink vignettes of animal friends and families, brims with as much wit and charm as ever.
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