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. Volume XXI Number 1. . . .September 5, 2014
Half for You and Half for Me is a bewitching journey into the historical lore and family memories that make nursery rhymes so irresistible. As Katherine Govier persuasively points out, these short chants have long staying power in both the collective cultural consciousness and families. Govier’s running commentary alongside her favourite rhymes brings home that power vividly and will appeal to readers of all ages, particularly families reading together.
This illustrated volume is best considered something like a coffee table book: as a conversation starter. Certainly it is not a work of serious research since the factual tidbits sprinkled throughout are random and far from exhaustive. While that unpredictability may be part of the book’s charm, the lion’s share of its compelling allure is its unspoken invitation for readers to create and chronicle their own family memories in response to the verses—just as Govier has.
Michelle Superle is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she teaches children’s literature and creative writing courses. She has served twice as a judge for the TD Award for Canadian Children’s Literature and is the author of Black Dog, Dream Dog and Contemporary, English-language Indian Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2011).
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