Nursery Rhymes as Mother Goose Knows Them

Those sweet nursery rhymes of early childhood, don’t we all remember them? ‘Humpty Dumpty,Jack and Jill’ and ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ are well known worldwide, wherever English is spoken as the mother tongue and even beyond. They have also found their way into English language textbooks for foreign speakers. The same nursery rhymes are said and sung everywhere—in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. The only difference is that while in America, they are identified as Mother Goose nursery rhymes, a name with its roots in England, dating back to the beginning of the eighteenth century, by now, the British have forgotten the existence of Mother Goose and call them just nursery rhymes.

Nursery Rhymes Children

To be musical, nursery rhymes don’t need to be sung, as they are that even if only said, rendering them extremely pleasing to the ear. The rhythm and rhyme of the verses give them also an effortless quality in memorizing. Young children who cannot yet read may do it with ease—this way, building up their vocabulary and advancing pre-reading skills. Even though the overwhelming majority of nursery rhymes were initially not composed for children, most kids just love to recite them.

Some of the nursery rhymes we now know as simple childish songs were once parts of more extended ballads and folk songs. Some talk about long-forgotten dissents and wars; some describe an ancient ritual, yet some others are proverbs. They all have a piece of our human history attached to them, even if we are today not quite sure what it exactly is. All nursery rhymes are so enchantingly beautiful too.