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.
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