According to the Mother Goose Society, Mother Goose wasn’t a single person but many different men and women who wrote in different times with the rhymes passed down the way much of folklore is passed along from generation to generation.
In 1697, Charles Perrault, the author of such familiar stories as Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, and others, published a collection of works titled Histories and Tales of Long Ago, with Morals. The book’s frontispiece depicted an old woman with the words, “Tales of My Mother the Goose.”
Around 1765, John Newbery published a collection of mostly traditional rhymes that he titled Mother Goose’s Melody: or Sonnets for the Cradle, thus cementing Mother Goose’s reputation as an author of children’s rhymes.
The purpose of Mother Goose Day is to re-appreciate the old nursery rhymes, and the motto for the day is: “Either alone or in sharing, read childhood nursery favorites and feel the warmth of Mother Goose’s embrace.”
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So happy Mother Goose Day, everyone! What’s your favorite rhyme?