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NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY – May 1

National Mother Goose Day - May 1

NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY

National Mother Goose Day is observed each year on May 1.  This day honors Mother Goose, the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children.  Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet.  

Enjoy two different versions of Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater:

(Originally dated in Mother Goose’s Quarto c1825)

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

(Most well-known version)

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.

HOW TO OBSERVE

In honor of Mother Goose Day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children.  Share your favorite Mother Goose story using #NationalMotherGooseDay on social media.

HISTORY

Charles Perrault is believed to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre when he published his fairy tale collection in 1695.  His publication marks the first authenticated starting point for the Mother Goose stories.  An English version of Perrault’s collection appeared in 1729:  Robert Samber’s Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose.  These fairy tales introduced Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella and others.  Mother Goose’s Melody – A book of poems for children was published in 1781 and has been enjoyed by billions since then.

Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.

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