Nursery Rhymes – Mother Goose

Mother Goose is an imaginary elderly woman first who appears in French literature in the subtitle of Charles Perrault's collection of fairy tales published in 1695. Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye or "Tales of my Mother Goose" marks the first authenticated starting-point for Mother Goose nursery rhymes. There is no one standard set of rhymes that has been declared the definitive Mother Goose. The printed anthologies have included their own choices, reprinting the popular verses of their decade. Mother Goose has never been out of print. Her nursery rhymes have been published continuously for nearly 250 years. This section contains many of the well-loved favorites, all elaborately illustrated, from the Sheila R. Bourke Collection.

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