UPDATED June 17th, 2017
Mother Goose is, no pun intended, the mother of all nursery rhyme authors! Though history suggests that there was no one person named Mother Goose, the nursery rhymes collectively published under her name, starting in the 1700s, have been handed down to generation after generation.
Most Mother Goose rhymes have their root in old European stories, either historical or folklore tales. To celebrate Mother Goose Day on May 1, here are two classic Mother Goose rhymes, with a little explanation of their context. If you don’t know them all by heart already, you should!