November 16th, 2016
There’s a Chinese Mother Goose Book from 1900 that features Chinese nursery rhymes with English translations. We have some of the rhymes on our Chinese Song and Rhyme Pages. A while back, Pete Paradiso wrote about some of the rhymes on Ben Seeberger’s blog Easternity.com. I asked Pete how well-known they are today and whether […]
March 15th, 2010
Alison is translating traditional English nursery rhymes into Chinese on her blog. Check it out! -Mama Lisa
November 12th, 2009
Here’s a rain rhyme from Northumberland that reminds us that rainy weather is a good opportunity to stay indoors and cook! Rain, rain, go away, And come again another day, When I brew and when I bake, I’ll give you a little cake. Stay dry! Mama Lisa PS You can tell it’s raining where I […]
August 22nd, 2009
Here’s a cartoon from 1950 called Little Audry: Goofy Goofy Gander. It’s a strange mixture of Mother Goose, comic books, jazz and Hollywood, with the goose that lays the golden eggs thrown in…
August 6th, 2009
I’ve embedded this lovely book of nursery rhymes for you to enjoy! It’s A Collection of Nursery Rhymes… Nurse Lovechild’s Legacy (1916). Many of the illustrations are from the 18th and early 19th century Chapbooks. The book has been embellished by one of my favorite nursery rhyme illustrators: C. Lovat Fraser (1890 – 1921). You […]
May 20th, 2009
Young nursery rhyme lovers will enjoy this little story featuring Mother Goose characters. Kids who aren’t familiar with a lot of nursery rhymes can learn new ones. I made each character linkable to a page where you can read that character’s rhyme. At the end of the story is an illustration that includes many of […]
May 10th, 2009
Chenodia, The Classic Mother Goose (1871) by John Bigelow was just released online. It appears to be the traditional English nursery rhymes translated into Latin and Ancient Greek. If anyone knows anything else about this text, please let us know in the comments below. Mama Lisa
April 5th, 2009
Here’s a sweet little nursery rhyme about April, that can be found in The Only True Mother Goose Melodies (c. 1843)… In April’s Sweet Month Nursery Rhyme In April’s sweet month, When the leaves ‘gin* to spring, Little lambs skip like fairies And birds build and sing. *begin Enjoy the delights of Springtime! Mama Lisa
April 11th, 2007
The illustration below is from The Real Mother Goose which was illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright and published in 1916. The whole book is available to download for free from Project Gutenberg. Just click the link on the book title to download it. I’ll be posting much of it on my Nursery Rhyme site over […]
March 20th, 2007
Kevin wrote: Hello My name is Kevin Dahl, and I am looking for a book title to a children’s book my wife and I used to read to our son. We read this book so many times we both have it memorized many years later. The words are… To sup like a pup To gulp […]
October 1st, 2005
As mentioned in my previous blog entry… “Some people believe Berthe de Laon (726 to 783), the Mother of Charlemagne, was Mother Goose. She became queen of the Francs when she married Pépin le Bref . One of her feet was bigger than the other, and so she was known by her subjects as ‘Berthe […]
September 30th, 2005
Everyone knows Mother Goose, the jolly woman of legend who represents the beloved collection of English nursery rhymes. But who was Mother Goose really? Where did the name originate? Here are three of the best known theories… The French Connection – Was Mother Goose Really French? Some people believe Berthe de Laon (726 to 783), […]
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