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A Pocketful of Posies by Salley Mavor

Last night I was poring through Salley Mavor’s A Pocketful of Posies, which I’d picked up for a present. I’m sure my favorite one year old friend won’t mind me previewing. While the familiar verses rang in my head, I murmured, “This is so cute. Oh, this is so sweet. ” Admiring the stitches on a little lamb’s leg, the elegant embroidering on a tree’s branches, I couldn’t help saying, “Oh, my gosh.”

“Is that how you’re going to write a review?” my husband asked.

“Um, yes.”



Really, all I wanted to do was stare and delight at this large book, which gives you so much more detail than you can see here in a few pictures from Salley Mavor’s blog http://weefolk.wordpress.com/ which I urge you to visit to make your own contented murmurs and squeals. She collects things, cuts hand-dyed felt, does her own fastidious stitching before photographing the results that illustrate Mother Goose, about whom Muriel Rukeyser wrote: ''We come to language through her, and to mystery and laughter and action. To poetry.''

There are many wonderful nursery rhyme collections, but the whimsy and care makes this introduction special. And might encourage a child -- or you -- to pick up needle and thread and maybe one day appear on Project Runway. Or sew an acorn doll or apron. The care in every stitch is pure delight, and there are no shortcuts. The particular leaves and lambs on the end-papers were individually done, not photoshopped to repeat patterns. Look at this Little Boy Blue. And a sheep. We see lots of animals, often playfully roaming in circles: a design choice that echoes the ring-around-the-rosie theme of more than that rhyme. I like seeing houses stand on their sides or heads.





Here’s a picture from Salley Mavor’s show of original fabric relief illustrations in the children’s gallery at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA http://danforthmuseum.org/salley_mavor.html
which will be displayed until January 23rd, 2011.




For more Poetry Friday posts, please visit: http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2010/12/poetry-friday-is-here.html
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