Sally Go Round the Stars
by Sarah Webb and Claire Ranson Illustrated by Steve McCarthy
"Providing adults with nostalgia and children with excitement and fun, this picturebook deserves a place on every family bookshelf."
Sally Go Round the Stars is a beautiful collection of nursery rhymes, childhood songs, poems and verses. This picturebook brings to life a selection of rhymes; old and new; international and irish. As the title and cover art suggest this is a magical exploration of the past as represented through the words of the oral tradition. Having grown up in Australia I thought there would be rhymes that I would not know but I knew many more than I expected. This shows the power of the oral tradition. My absolute favourite nursery rhyme is 'Horsie Horsie' which is included in this collection. It was amazing to see it written down and illustrated. This gave me confidence that this nursery rhyme will never be lost and it will continue to foster memories and entertain children for generations to come. I was also intrigued and entertained by the few rhymes I did not already know. To have these rhymes collected together in this beautiful picturebook seems to cement the future survival of these songs and rhymes. Furthermore, the physicality of this book recognises the importance and power of our oral tradition. Steve McCarthy's illustrations are fun, sweet, hilarious, detailed and beautiful. The illustrations overflow the pages of this book providing different perspectives to the rhymes they support and adding detail that the words do not supply. As Webb and Ranson recognise in their introduction: Nursery rhymes "give most children their first experience of fiction and poetry." With McCarthy's illustrations, this first experience of fiction and poetry is enlivened and coloured. Webb and Ranson provide a personal touch to this collection by adding rhymes from their childhood memories. This book is both public and private; merging the national with the familial, combining national identity with individual identity, uniting adulthood and childhood. Providing adults with nostalgia and children with excitement and fun, this picturebook deserves a place on every family bookshelf. All royalties from the sale of this book go to The National Children's Hospital Tallaght.