This Little Piggy
This is a toe counting game...
This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy ate roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went...
"Wee wee wee wee wee"
All the way home...
Here's a variation from The National Nursery Book:
This little pig went to market;
This little pig stayed at home;
This pig had a piece of bread-and-butter;
This little pig had none;
This little pig said, "Wee, wee, wee!
I can't find my way home.
Here's a version from A History of Nursery Rhymes by Percy B. Green (1899):
This little pig went to market,
This one stayed at home,
This one had a sugar-stick,
This one had none,
And this one cried out wee, wee, wee,
I'll tell my mother when I get home.
Here's a version from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith:
This little pig went to market.
This little pig stayed home.
This little pig had roast meat.
This little pig had none.
This little pig went to the barn door
And cried week, week, for more.
There's a similar rhyme called This Pig Went to The Barn.
Associated movements... As you say each line you wiggle one of the child's toes, starting with one toe and wiggling each toe until you've done all five. On the last two lines you tickle the child up the leg - as if the "piggy" is running home.
Recorded by Mama Lisa
The words to the mp3 below can be found in the Notes.
2nd recording by Ruth Golding.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
The second illustration comes from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. The third illustration is from The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. The fourth illustration is from The Nursery Rhyme Book, edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke (1897). The 5th set of illustrations come from My First Picture Book illustrated by Joseph Martin Kronheim (1810-1896) believed to be published around 1875. The sixth image is from Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1, written and compiled by Edward William Cole (1st Published in 1879 in Melbourne, Australie).