Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes contains 44 rhymes. Each rhyme is on it's own page with a full-color illustration. I am certain that the original illustrations are fantastic, as they are highly regarded, but I was disappointed in the quality of images in these reprints.
|The formatting is clean and uncluttered.|
Alternatively, Kate Greenaway's Family Treasury contains 27 of the old nursery rhymes along with selections from some of her other books, A Applepie, Book of Games, Marigold Garden, and Under the Window.
I wouldn't recommend these editions in particular, but for anyone who really likes Victorian illustration, Kate Greenaway is a fascinating artist. I would be hesitant to purchase any more of her books sight unseen, though. My mother-in-law picked up the first one at a library book sale and the other I believe came from paperbackswap.
My oldest daughter thinks Kate Greenaway's pictures are pretty, but she said if I were to give them away, she would not miss them. There are many unfamiliar rhymes, and several are abridged. Humpty Dumpty, for example, includes just the first two lines, though it is one of my favorite illustrations. Plus, you can check out a lot of Kate Greenaway's work at Project Gutenberg, here. There's a lot to be said for keeping physical copies of books, but only if the book is worth keeping.
Have you ever been utterly disappointed in the quality of a book you bought?