I recited this rhyme to my 7 year old daughter while driving in the car today…
Fly Away Home,
Your House is on Fire
And your children all gone.
(Ladybird is the British word for ladybug.)
My daughter commented that it’s a sad rhyme. I explained that people had harder lives at the time they came up with it. (It’s been around since at least the mid-eighteenth century.) She thought about it and commented, that would be all the more reason for them to have come up with happier rhymes.
She’s got a point!
The illustration is from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.
Come check out my nursery rhyme site for other versions and illustrations of Ladybird, Ladybird.
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