Clotty Malotty and All Her Friends – Collection of rhymes and jokes with artwork

Clotty Malotty and All Her Friends – Collection of rhymes and jokes with artwork

Recommended age: 5-8

A colourful collection of illustrated rhymes and jokes by Traveller and settled children from Finglas, Co Dublin.



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This book focuses on rhymes from the settled and Traveller community of North Dublin but it opens the doorway to explore rhymes from different cultures around the world. Rhymes, ditties, lullabies and jingles are universal and are part of the heritage of every culture.

This book supports a developmental education approach through discussion around the roots of rhymes and what they tell us about living conditions in ‘the old days’ and can act as a prompt for a wider discussion about poverty, justice and fairness in the world today.

Rhyme and illustration about an old man and fleas
Illustration of pig in Kids Own book
Rhyme and illustration about potatoes

‘Vibrant and attractive…a refreshing resource for new rhymes and an archive of rhymes otherwise likely to be lost from the largely oral culture of the Traveller community.’

– Cross-Currents Magazine, a guide to multicultural books for young people

Additional info

‘Clotty Malotty and all her Friends’ is published by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership as part of their Unheard Voices series intended to make Traveller culture visible. Kindly funded by Irish Youth Foundation, Traveller Education Support Options, The Arts Council, Ireland Aid and Barnardos.

A Kids’ Own Publication
1st Edition (2003)

Paperback: 24 pages, full colour
Product Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 0.3 cm

ISBN-10: 1902432193
ISBN-13: 978-1902432199

100% of proceeds support children’s participation in the arts.

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