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National Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar, and is observed each year on the first day of May.

One example, originally dated in Mother Goose’s Quarto in 1825 is Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater, and adapted version:


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Had another, and didn’t love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her; He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he keeps her very well.


Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 2.07.52 PM.pngHistory of Mother Goose

Charles Perrault, a French author from the 17th century developed the literary genre, the fairy tale, based on works derived from folk tales such as Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard). It took more than a hundred years (100) for the Germans to publish their version of old stories by the Brothers Grimm.


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Notwithstanding, Perrault published Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé (Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals), subtitled Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye (Tales of Mother Goose). Perrault’s creation of “Mother Goose” has never been identified as a person. Consequently, Perrault’s tales were based on French popular tradition, which not only have coined the fairy tale genre, but include rhymes and memorable finger-plays still adored by children in the twenty-first century.


Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 1.42.44 PM.pngAccordingly, in honor of Mother Goose Day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children found electronically published through the Big Universe’s library. In the library, The Real Mother Goose offers the following stories with pictures, and animation:

Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice, Cock Horse, Mary Mary, The Cat and the Fiddle, Sing a Song of Sixpence

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