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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
My Village: Rhymes from Around the World
by Danielle Wright
Age Range: Under_5
My Village: Rhymes from Around the World is a delightful collection of nursery
rhymes for young children. Touching and funny verses from 22 different countries,
across Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa – each verse is presented in English
and in the original language – are brought to life by the simplistic and colourful
double-page-spread illustrations by Mique Moriuchi.
Compiler Danielle Wright together with a team of translators has brought together a wonderful array of rhymes from different parts of the world. The idea for the book started in her son's nursery when he was a few weeks old and took almost three years to develop into a published product.
As Michael Rosen says in his introduction ‘I’ve never heard (rhymes from other cultures) translated in a way that makes them accessible to an English-speaking audience’ which makes this an unusual and unique collection.