Project Description

Over the Candlestick

Classic Nursery Rhymes and the Real Stories Behind Them

by Michael G. Montgomery & Wayne Montgomery

A special addition to nursery rhyme collections, this beautifully illustrated volume includes interesting facts about well-known verses.

Bringing together more than twenty classic nursery rhymes, riddles, and tongue twisters, this collection offers a fascinating glimpse into the age, origin, and meaning of each. Younger children will delight in the rhymes and beautiful illustrations while older children and adults will be fascinated by the historical details of well-known favorites such as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, and others.

With whimsical, full-color illustrations and a little historical detective work, Michael and Wayne Montgomery have created a delightful and original nursery rhyme book that will entertain and educate young and old readers alike.

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Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-259-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2002
Page Count: 32
Size:  9″ x 11-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 7
Language: English

AR Level: 6.9
GRL: V, Gr 5
Lexile: 1180L


“Engaging and accessible” ―School Library Journal

“A handsome new effort…worth noting…fun, golly-gee stuff, enhanced by Michael Montgomery’s lovely oil illustrations.” ―Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Notable… fascinating…This truly is a book that will entertain people of all ages.” ―The Bloomsbury Review


Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Reading Association, 2003-2004

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children’s books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Wayne Montgomery, a graduate of Mercer University, started the first large sports training facility in middle Georgia. He lived in Georgia until his death.