Mother Goose coming to the Bay Village Branch Library

We’re looking for rhymers who have rhythm and readers who read rhymes at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Mother Goose will be in the house bringing stories, LOTS of rhymes, games and a craft.

Families with children age 3-7 years are invited to test their skills in the Humpty Dumpty Challenge. Can you jump over the candlestick like Jack? Can you find Bo Peep’s sheep? Can you wake up Little Boy Blue? Try our nursery rhyme trivia game and find out how many you know.

The history of Mother Goose is a long one with various opinions as to who she was; real or imagined. Many experts say that Mother Goose is an imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes which are often published as "Mother Goose Rhymes." However, some believe that the original Mother Goose was a Bostonian wife of Isaac Goose, either named Elizabeth Foster Goose (1665-1758) or Mary Goose (1648-1690).

According to Eleanor Early, a Boston travel and history writer of the 1930s and '40s, the original Mother Goose was a real person who lived in Boston in the 1660s. She was reportedly the second wife of Isaac Goose (alternatively named Vergoose or Vertigoose), who brought to the marriage six children of her own to add to Isaac's 10. Perhaps there is some truth to the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe rhyme!

So celebrate Mother Goose with us at the Bay Village Branch Library on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Here's your chance to dance your way to Wobbleton with Gus the Goose!

Joyce Sandy

I'm a staff member at the Bay Village Library working in the Children's Department.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.29.2013