Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Did You Know? Mother Goose

Yesterday, I chatted a little with the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, so today, I thought it would be fun to find out a little about Mother Goose. So that's what this week's Did You Know? is about. Without further ado, here are this week's facts.

Did You Know...
  • The earliest written version of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe appeared in 1794?
  • In the earlier versions, the old lady whipped her children soundly and sent them to bed? Ouch!
  • Some speculation, although no hard proof, that the identity of the old woman in the rhyme is Queen Caroline, the wife of King George II? She had eight children.
  • In England, Mother Goose was a generic term to describe a country woman?
  • No specific writer has been identified as the creator of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes?
  • The first tale attributed to Mother Goose appeared as early as 1650?
  •  Some scholars believed that Mother Goose lived in Boston in the late 1600's and was the wife of Isaac Goose? This line of thought is generally discounted today.
  • In 1695, Charles Perrault published a collection of Mother Goose fairy tales? These were the first collection of fairy tales attributed to Mother Goose.
  • In 1791 John Newbery published a book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes? This became the prevailing Mother Goose association until recently.
Fun stuff. Now here's a little video from Sesame Street in which Kermit the Frog meets the old woman and a couple of other people in her neighborhood.


  1. Thank you for sharing this.

    As a collector of vintage children's books those facts are very interesting. I shared them on Google plus.

  2. Thank, Michelle, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I learned a lot about Mother Goose, Greg. Thanks for digging up all of this information. I really appreciated it.

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Lee. It's always interesting to learn the origin of stories that are so ingrained in our collective memories! Thanks for commenting.