Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls

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Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls
What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary's pet wasn't really a lamb. What if Mary had a little . . . clam? Those questions — and more — are gleefully answered in Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls. This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America’s coastlines and waterways — from sea to shining sea. The “For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Poem related fun facts and a Map activity.

This fictional story with rhyming text includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 68-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Mother Osprey is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Lucy A. Nolan, Illustrated by Connie McLennan
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 3-7, Grades PK-2, Lexile: NP -, AR: 4.0, F&P: Q
Hardcover 9781934359969 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607180418 $11.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553956 $11.95  
EBook 9781607182894 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628551204 Purchase Here
Keywords:   adapted nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, marine, map, coordinate grid
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Perfect reading before a trip to the shore, these beach versions of Mother Goose rhymes combine familiar rhythm and meter with new content. The colorful illustrations amplify the selections they accompany and invite children to stop and linger over each picture. - School Library Journal

But this might be a nice one to tuck into the beach bag, with an eye toward turning time under the beach umbrella into teachable moments. - Publishers Weekly

With colorful and realistic illustrations, Mother Osprey is, overall, an entertaining, fun and educational book that celebrates the sea and coastline. - Book Pleasures

Author/Illustrator Info:

Lucy Nolan spent many childhood days roaming two very special islands: Pawleys Island, SC, and Amelia Island, FL, where she collected the family stories that were shared around the dinner tables of hundred-year-old homes. It was only natural that she would eventually combine her love of the sea and storytelling into Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls. This playful book retells Mother Goose rhymes and embodies everything Lucy loves about America's coastlines! Lucy has been writing since she was four years old and is the author of several picture books and the popular Down Girl and Sit chapter books. She is also a two-time winner in the South Carolina Fiction project, sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Lucy lives in Columbia, SC, with her daughter and two rambunctious dogs. For more info, visit her website.

Award-winning illustrator Connie McLennan spent years as an advertising illustrator before venturing into the world of children's picture books. Before writing and illustrating The Forest in the Trees, she also illustrated Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls; The Rainforest Grew All Around; River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers; Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean; and Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud for Arbordale Publishing. A fine artist as well, Connie is married with one grown son and lives in northern California. Visit her website at


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