Animals in Rhyme: The Friends of Mother Goose

December 2, 2015 through January 15, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

This exhibit celebrates Mother Goose and the rhymes that bring humor and delight to early reading experiences. From Little Bo-Peep's wandering sheep to Mother Hubbard's demanding dog, visitors will find familiar (and some unfamiliar) animal friends in print and on parade. Come and explore over 100 years of illustrated rhymes from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library's Children's Literature Collection and the William A. Gosling Pop-up and Movable Book Collection.

Organized by animal species, each section of the exhibit presents both lesser-known rhymes and old favorites as interpreted by some of the most important children’s book illustrators of the past hundred years. Mervyn Peake’s “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,” Jerry Pinkney’s “Three Little Kittens,” and Robert Sabuda’s pop-up “Itsy Bitsy Spider” are only a few of the visual delights on display.

This year’s exhibit is curated by Juli McLoone, Outreach Librarian & Curator of the Special Collections Library. Many thanks to Marieka Kaye of the Preservation & Conservation Department and Anne Elias and Karmen Beecroft of the Special Collections Library for their help in designing, preparing, and installing this exhibit, and to Beverly Black, Steve Daut, Laura Lee Hayes, and Jennifer Otto of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild for sharing their storytelling talent and expertise