Revisiting Mother Goose

I recently reread this Horn Book article about Mother Goose rhymes, which has gotten me all into reading nursery rhymes again, because apparently I didn’t have enough reading to do. Every time I revisit Mother Goose, I am surprised. For instance, somehow I’d missed this one all my life:

Bat, bat,
Come under my hat,
And I’ll give you a slice of bacon,
And when I bake,
I’ll give you a cake
If I am not mistaken.

Bacon, cake, and bats all in one rhyme, and somehow I managed to go almost two decades without ever making it into a felt board or using it in a storytime. That’s criminal.

Also new to me is this one, which clearly is the inspiration for “I Saw a Bunny Go Hop, Hop, Hop”:

Once I saw a little bird
Come hop, hop, hop,
So I cried, “Little bird,
Will you stop, stop, stop?”
I was going to the window
To say, “How do you do?”
But he shook his little tail,
And far away he flew.

I want to do a storytime right now so I can use this rhyme and we can all shake our tail feathers, because that would be hilarious. And fun.

Also, this version of this rhyme is completely new to me:

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine,
I drew thee to my Valentine.
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And fortune said it should be you.

I had no idea “Roses are red, violets are blue” came out of Mother Goose. I’ve always thought of that rhyme as silly, and I know I’m growing soft in my old age, but this version is downright sweet.

Even though I love being a library director, it’s clear I’m not giving up children’s librarianing any time soon.

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