MGOL with a focus on book illustration: at the Israel Museum Ruth Youth Wing Library in Jerusalem

Written / Contributed By: Betsy Diamant-Cohen

Sample Program from 25.5.1990 :


Welcoming Comments

Rhymes and Reads

  • Old Mother Goose (Show illustration from Allen Atkinson’s  Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes)
  • Two Little Dickey Birds (with puppets)
  • Laura Richard’s poem: “Eletelephony” (with toy telephone and illustration from Random House Book of Poetry)
  • Song: This is the way we wash our clothes, comb hair, brush teeth, put on shirt, put on hat, close the door, wave by-bye
  • Book: Pretend You’re a Cat (by Jean Marzollo, Jerry Pinkney)
  • Fingerplay: Wee Willie Winkie (illustration from Brian Wildsmith’s Mother Goose)
  • Puppet & puppet kisses: I Had a Little Turtle (p. 20 Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky, Marc Brown, and Jim Trelease)
  • Couple rowing: Row, Row, Row Your Boat – fast and slow (flannel board piece)

Body Rhymes with Food Theme

  • Clapping – Hot Cross Buns (flannel board piece)
  • Fingerplay – Little Jack Horner (illustration from The Mother Goose Songbook, arranged for the piano by Carol Barrat, illustrated by Jacqueline Sinclair)
  • Tongue Twister – Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers (illustration, p. 51, Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever )
  • Knee Bounces – Yankee Doodle

Rum Pum Pum Drum Sequence

  • Rum, Pum, Pum, This is My Drum

Standing-up Rhymes

  • We’re Marching to the Drum (tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
  • Here We Go Looby Loo
  • Handy Spandy


  • I Went to Visit the Farm One Day (singing the animal sounds while showing Eric Carle’s illustrations for The Very Busy Spider)
  • When the Cow Gets Up in the Morning (with puppets)
  • Old MacDonald (Old MacDonald Had a Farm illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson)

Musical Instruments and Colored Scarves

  • Bells – We Ring Our Bells Together Because It’s Fun to Do
  • Bells – Hickory Dickory Dock (illustration from James Marshall’s Mother Goose)
  • Bells – Bells Away


  • Jack be Nimble – children “jump” over the candlestick (candlestick prop and illustration p. 21 Mother Goose: A Collection of Classic Nursery Rhymes, selected and illustrated by Michael Hague)

Colored Scarves

  • Scarves – Wind, oh Wind
  • Scarves – Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play
  • Scarves – Scarves Away


  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (illustration by Tomie dePaola in Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Buell)

Interactive Rhyme

  • Humpty Dumpty

Closing Sequence

  • We Hit the Floor Together
  • It’s Time to Say Good-bye, but…. We’re So Happy Everyone is Here.