Mother Goose

Barbara J. Feldman

Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been part of our Western oral tradition for hundreds of years, and is not known to be a real historical figure. In fact (according to Wikipedia) she has been associated with nursery rhymes as early as 1628 in France. On the other hand, according to Eleanor Early, a Boston travel writer of the 1930s and ’40s, Mother Goose was a Bostonian of the 1660s with dozens of children and grandchildren. Whether she’s real or imaginary, Mother Goose nursery rhymes and their sing-songy rhythms are a staple of childhood.

  • Enchanted Learning: Rebus Rhymes: Mother Goose and Others5 stars

    Enchanted Learning has more than a hundred nursery rhymes illustrated with pictograms. From "Ants Go Marching" to "Yankee Doodle," the nursery rhymes are grouped by topic and also listed alphabetically. These pages are not in PDF, so printing will include all the extraneous stuff from the web page. And although they are called rebus stories, there are no missing words in the rhymes. The pictures simply illustrate the rhyme.

  • Library of Congress: Book Turner: Children's Literature5 stars

    This collection of vintage children's books from the Library of Congress are online recreations of old print books, with pages that turn with a click of the mouse. Enjoy W.W. Denslow's Mother Goose, from 1901, and Mother Goose Finger Plays, adapted by Irene Margaret Cullison, from 1915. In addition to the Mother Goose books, there are some other great classics, including The Story of the Three Little Pigs, illustrated by L. Leslie Brooks, and The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Kate Greenaway.

  • Mother Goose Club5 stars

    Mother Goose Club is a producer of children's DVDs (which are available for sale on the site) as well as this free sing-along site. Each rhyme includes the words, an illustration, the rhyme being spoken, sung and sometimes even a video! What more could you ask for? The rhymes are divided into categories: Favorites, Action, Animal, Counting Food and Surprise!

  • Project Gutenberg: Mother Goose5 stars

    This page is a search results page for Mother Goose ebooks in Project Gutenberg, sorted by popularity. Each title is available in a variety of formats, including online HTML (which is just a regular web page), Kindle format, and the ubiquitous PDF. There is even one audio book: Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum.

  • Rutgers: Eclipse: Mother Goose: A Scholarly Exploration5 stars

    This is a scholarly site for grownups, not preschoolers, but it's so wonderful, I had to include it! "Although Mother Goose is most commonly associated with the nursery, her power extends beyond babies and toddlers to many aspects of adult life. Scholars study the literary history of Mother Goose as well as social and historical referents in these nursery rhymes. The instantaneous recognition of characters and events leads to allusions in other literary works, in popular culture, and in advertising."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Mother Goose." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 30 Apr. 2014. Web. 3 Dec. 2014. < >.

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  • By . Originally published April 30, 2014. Last modified April 29, 2014.

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