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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Michelle Anderstarr writes verses with the sense of longing for a respite from the arduous vocation of motherhood. She does a good job of this in Ring a Ring a Rosé: A tweak on your favourite nursery rhymes. For tired mums who could do with a wine. In this book, she shares that secret “mom guilt” that every mother experiences in the course of dealing with their little kids, most especially during bedtime. When moms read a good story and expect their kids to go to sleep, sometimes the opposite happens when the Sandman won't take children to Dreamland. Then moms lose that time they have to take a little sip of wine. Ms. Anderstarr channels her dream of a perfect time alone in “tweaking” popular nursery rhymes in her own version; a humorous look at how she escapes and has fun inside her imagination.
The nursery rhymes are sung to their original tunes, and they will elicit a chuckle from other moms who might find themselves having a similar sentiment. Baa Baa Black Sheep, for example, has been replaced by Baa Baa Bar Man, wherein asking for any wool has been replaced by asking if he has any wine. The selection of tweaked nursery rhymes still manages to have a wholesome touch with its added bonus of finding a character named Flocker Flamingo on each page. Ring a Ring a Rosé is a temporary, imaginative escape from the demands of modern motherhood. For all the moms who deserve a break from their demanding tasks at home, this little book is surely something every tired mother deserves.