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Chenodia Or, the Classical Mother Goose   By: (1786-1879)

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Chenodia Or, the Classical Mother Goose by Jacob Bigelow is a fascinating and unique book that brings together elements of classical literature and traditional nursery rhymes. While the title may not immediately give away the premise of the book, readers are in for a delightful and whimsical journey through familiar childhood rhymes with a twist.

One of the standout aspects of Chenodia is the seamless integration of classical references within the well-known nursery rhymes. Bigelow skillfully weaves elements from Greek mythology, Roman literature, and other timeless tales into the verses, adding depth and complexity to the familiar rhymes. Through this blend of old and new, readers are both entertained and encouraged to expand their understanding of classical literature.

The illustrations in this book are another highlight. The artwork perfectly complements the playful and imaginative nature of the rhymes, creating a visually stunning experience for readers of all ages. From vibrant colors to intricate details, each page offers something new and captivating to behold.

Bigelow's writing style is another strength of Chenodia. The author's command of language and his ability to seamlessly adapt classic tales to fit into nursery rhyme templates is truly remarkable. The rhymes flow effortlessly, and the rhythm and cadence of the verses add a musical quality to the reading experience. This attention to detail and linguistic expertise make the book an enjoyable read-aloud for parents or teachers who wish to engage children in the beauty of words and storytelling.

In terms of its target audience, Chenodia can be appreciated by both children and adults. Younger readers will delight in the familiar rhymes and whimsical illustrations, while older readers will appreciate the clever incorporation of classical literature and the opportunity to revisit childhood favorites from a new perspective.

However, it is worth noting that due to the incorporation of classical references, some prior knowledge or assistance from an adult may be required for children to fully appreciate the book's depth. While this may limit the book's accessibility for some younger readers, it also provides an opportunity for educational discussions around mythology and literature.

In conclusion, Chenodia Or, the Classical Mother Goose is a captivating and imaginative book that brilliantly combines nursery rhymes with elements of classical literature. Jacob Bigelow's enchanting rhymes, combined with the stunning illustrations, make this book a delightful addition to any library. It not only entertains but also serves as an exceptional tool to introduce young readers to the world of classical literature. Whether read aloud or enjoyed individually, Chenodia is a treasure for all ages.

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[Transcriber's Note:

This text is intended for users whose text readers cannot use the "real" (Unicode/UTF 8) version of the file. The "oe" ligature used in Latin verses is shown in brackets as [oe]. All Greek text, including the title of the book, has been transliterated and shown between marks:

Eugamoi, deipnôi tacheôs hekastos

Typographical errors are listed at the end of the e text.]


[Bookplate: 1650. SIGILL: COLL: HARVARD: CANTAB: NOV: ANGL: The Gift of Jacob Bigelow, M.D., of Boston. (H. U. 1806) 13 Nov. 1871.]

Harvard College Library from Dr. Bigelow




Argutos inter strepere anser olores.

By Jacob Bigelow

CAMBRIDGE: Printed ( Not Published ): University Press. 1871.

1871, Nov. 13 Gift of Jacob Bigelow, M.D. LL.D. of Boston. (H. U. 1806.)

University Press: Welch, Bigelow, & Co., Cambridge.


The work familiarly known as "Mother Goose's Melodies" has the dignity of being already an undoubted classic among the most incipient cultivators of literature in the United States. It is a compilation taken mostly from "Gammer Gurton's Garland" or the "Nursery Parnassus," an English child's book about a century old, of which various editions have been published in London, Glasgow, and other places... Continue reading book >>

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