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Mother Goose Day


Found In: Language Arts, PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8

May 1st is Mother Goose Day. The Mother Goose Society website examines the identity of Mother Goose and discusses the origin of Mother Goose Day (1987). In addition, the website includes rhymes and recipes, fingerplays, and costume suggestions for anyone wishing to portray Mother Goose.

Rhymes in Full Text

The Real Mother Goose is one of the larger collections of rhymes for children. It was originally published in 1916 and has pen and watercolor illustrations. Project Gutenberg provides the complete book in HTML and plain text and access to individual rhymes by title and by first line.

Rhymes Recited on Video

MOTHER GOOSE

In 1958, Cyril Ritchard, Boris Karloff, and Celeste Holm recorded Mother Goose for Caedmon Records. The sometimes creepy voice performances (Boris Karloff played Dr. Frankenstein’s monster) are accompanied by music and illustrations.

THE TRUTH ABOUT MOTHER GOOSE

In 1957, Walt Disney released The Truth About Mother Goose. Selected rhymes are recited and then a story explaining their origin follows:

MAINLY MOTHER GOOSE

In 1984 the popular children’s entertainers Sharon, Lois and Bram released an LP titled Mainly Mother Goose. The CD may be available in local libraries; a track list can be found Wikipedia. Many of these songs can be found on YouTube. Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show also aired a program devoted, in part, to Mother Goose:

 

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