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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Got Ink?
3. Weekly Topic: Nursery Rhymes
4. Link to Nursery Rhymes
5. Note from a Reader
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. April 26, 2006
Last week I wrote that I expected the “Quote of the Day” to be up and running that very Wednesday. But it’s been snagged by more
problems, and I am still working on it. Actually, I’m probably working on it as you are reading this very newsletter. Thanks for your patience. I will
get your daily quotes back and running as soon as I possbibly can.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Nursery Rhymes
by Barbara J. Feldman
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Mother Goose was first mentioned in Charles Perrault’s 1697 collection of fairy tales that included “Sleeping Beauty” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” but her exact history is unknown. Over the years, she became known in both Europe and America as a country woman closely associated with children’s nursery rhymes. In honor of Mother Goose Day (May 1st), I’ve rounded up the Web’s best nursery rhymes collections.
Lalitha’s Nursery Rhymes and Songs
Miriam Seshadri created this interactive sing-a-long site for her daughter, so they would have pictures to look at as they sang nursery rhymes together. Click on the picture for each nursery rhyme to hear Miriam sing and view the animation. It’s a bit confusing because there is a QuickTime control tool on some of the nursery rhyme start pages that does not control the singing. A midi music file (without Miriam’s voice) is available when you click Read This Rhyme, and it is controlled by the QuickTime toolbar.
Mama Lisa’s House of Nursery Rhymes
Mama Lisa’s House of Nursery Rhymes is easy to navigate, with six dozen rhymes listed alphabetically down the left side. Some have illustrations and funny hidden sounds, the rest are simply text. Other worthwhile clicks are the poems of Eugene Field (such as “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” and “The Duel”) and Mama Lisa’s collection of international folk children songs. “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night / Sailed off in a wooden shoe / Sailed on a river of crystal light / Into a sea of dew.”
Nursery Rhymes, Lyrics, Origins
For those fascinated with literary history, this British site provides insight into what many nursery rhyme lyrics actually mean. “Two examples of these types of nursery rhymes origins are ‘Ring a Ring o Rosies’ which refers to the Bubonic plague and ‘Remember Remember’ nursery rhymes which allude to Guy Fawkes’ foiled attempt to blow up the English Houses of Parliament!” In addition to lyrics and history, the site offers a fifteen-question Nursery Rhyme Quiz.
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