Goosing the Goose
Did you ever wonder where Mother Goose nursery rhymes came from? Have you asked yourself why Mary is called "contrary" or whether Humpty was an egg or something else? Here is your chance to freshen your appreciation of Mother Goose by “discovering” the stories behind your favorite rhymes. For each story the volume includes a Readers Enhancement for use by parents and teachers. More
Does this describe you? You’ve heard Mother Goose nursery rhymes all your life. You’ve read them from books, and you’ve looked at the pictures in hopes that they would clear up what puzzled you about them. You have to admit you’ve had questions like “What kind of a name is ‘Bo Peep’,” or “Why did Jack Horner have to sit in the corner?” or “Why was Mary called ‘contrary’?”
What if there was actually a story behind each rhyme, a story that if we knew it, would clear up all our questions? With enough hard work we might discover the original rhymes and even learn the stories behind them!
Why not just pretend that we went to all that trouble, and that we actually found those original stories and the original nursery rhymes as they were first written? Why not just use our imaginations? We could dream that the rhyme about Jack and the candlestick was really about an extraordinary ship-race. We could imagine that Little Bo Peep was the name which mean kids used to call some sad girl because she could hardly see! We could discover that Humpty was not an egg, but a—wait, perhaps you should find out for yourself as you enjoy these creative back-stories behind Mother Goose's famous rhymes.
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