The 82-year-old renowned folk artist Minnie Adkins usually sits in her easy chair at her home in Elliott County and whittles. “Folk art is from the heart,” she recently told Rich Copley for The Lexington Herald-Leader. “Fine art is from the knowledge. Folk art you make from what you love and what you want to create.”
Mike Norris, former Communications director at Centre College, is a musician with a flair for rhymes.
Together they’ve created the charming new children’s book, Mommy Goose, featuring fifty original Appalachian rhymes by Norris and more than one hundred new hand-carved and -painted works by Adkins.
With colorful characters like the Speckled Hen, June Bug, and Clete, the Parakeet, the nursery rhymes and carvings in Mommy Goose honor Appalachian tradition and speech. Accompanying the rhymes is a new original song and sheet music by Norris, “Tell Me, Mommy Goose.”
About MOMMY GOOSE
Mommy Goose is an Appalachian bird.
Like cows love corn, she loves words.
“Corn can be yellow, blue, or white,
And words change colors in different light.
To talk like your flock is no disgrace.
Just use the right word in the right place.”