Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nursery Rhyme Book


This is a classic version of all the old favorite Mother Goose rhymes in English. It's the book we had growing up and Mom used to tell us all the different rhymes in this book. I love it because it has so many nursery rhymes, I have not found another book with as many as this one has. Plenty of newer books have fancier illustrations and this one has limited ones in color, but plenty of black and white small illustrations next to the different rhymes. But, it is out of print. So sad.

Anyhow, I think I'm going to compile my own version of a nursery rhyme book, just to have for myself. You know, using scrapbook stuff and printing off classic paintings or prints for the different rhymes. I want to have a nursery rhyme book that has all the rhymes and with the wording I am used to with all my favorite depictions of the rhymes. I'm also going to have a Spanish section, I think, with all the rhymes and songs I've collected at my job to take to the families I visit, and maybe even a few from other languages (Brahm's lullaby - the German words, Frere Jacques, etc). Oh, the other thing that I like is when there are instructions on how to play the games that go with the rhymes or songs or the actions you are supposed to do. And maybe even a place for FYI type stuff (like that Hey Diddle Diddle refers to the constellations in the sky when farmers were supposed to plant and it's really quite old, or that eeny, meeny, miny, and moe are possibly ancient Celtic counting words). It will be THE single most fantastic nursery rhyme book EVER!

What three rhymes or songs would you want to save if humanity only got to keep three (think apocalyptic destruction and only 3 remain in any form, oral or written)?

I would like "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" (one of my all-time favorites), Sing a Song of Sixpence, and then probably The House that Jack Built (but I keep changing my 3rd choice!). or for shorter more well known rhymes, Jack and Jill, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Humpty Dumpty.

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