Overview of Mother Goose Rhymes
Many educators believe the rhymes help develop an understanding of
Hi, this is Tom Knight for About.com, and today we're going to talk about the rhymes of Mother Goose.Mother Goose is a popular author of popular rhyming stories, aimed primarily at young children. It is unclear who the original author is, though evidence shows that the term "Mother Goose" was already known as early as 1650. The tales themselves may be much older, but again, there is little evidence to support this.The Mother Goose stories consist of very simple rhymes, and are wildly popular in school and learning situations. Many educators believe the rhymes help develop an understanding of phonetic and sound formation.Many of Mother Goose's rhymes have entered deeply into the public consciousness. A very popular rhyme is "Jack and Jill," which goes like this:"Jack and Jill went up the hillTo fetch a pail of water;Jack fell down, and broke his crown,And Jill came tumbling after." Note how this rhymes doesn't shy away from a mischievous sense of fun and danger, even though they're aimed at a very young reader.Another extremely popular rhyme is "Humpty Dumpty," which we find first recorded around the early 1800s. It may have originally been included as a riddle or a spoof. The rhyme has enjoyed great success as a metaphoric, cited in such books as Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass."Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;All the king's horses and all the king's menCouldn't put Humpty together again.Depending on the source, Mother Goose is credited with nearly 300 different rhymes for children. Some of the instantly recognizable rhymes include:"Hey Diddle Diddle""Hickory Dickory Dock""Little Bo-Peep""Rock-a-Bye Baby""Three Blind Mice"And many, many more.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.