What is the price?
Eight for a dollar,
And all very nice.
I couldn't find this rhyme in some of the most comprehensive collections of nursery rhymes (like The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes and The Annotated Mother Goose). Perhaps it was new to the early 20th century. If anyone knows anything about the origin of this rhyme, or if you recall hearing it growing up, please email me and let me know. -Mama Lisa
FYI In 2008, in the US, it costs about two and a half dollars to buy just one cantaloupe.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme can be found in The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith and printed in the USA.