Book Spotlight: The Trial of Mother Goose: Ricky Kennison


‘The Trial of Mother Goose’ would be best suited for readers up to third grade. Using well-known, identifiable characters gives the author an edge in introducing an educational component. By utilizing the Humpty Dumpty rhyme that children are sure to know, he gently gives them a peek at the American Justice System.

Being that every other news story is about a legal matter, most children will have heard of judges, juries, suspects, etc. What they may not have grasped are the true definitions of these words. For that, I think the book offers a fresh and original approach.

However, I was dumbfounded when I got to the end. Why in the world it became a Thanksgiving story is beyond me. The author had a good pace and logic flowing. But, it is completely upended with an ending that isn’t exactly relevant.

My fear is that children will have the same issue. At this reading level, throwing them a curve ball is probably not the best idea. Their focus then does a 180 to Thanksgiving instead of focusing on the civics lesson they’ve just learned.

I give the book 3 stars. Should the author pen more, and he should, I humbly suggest that he ‘stick to the facts’ with fiction that’s teaching a lesson.

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