Mother Goose Day - May 1st


Although primarily celebrated in the US, Mother Goose Day on Sunday, 1st May celebrates the poems and rhymes that have delighted children across the globe. A growing understanding of the importance of rhythm and rhyme in reading development means it is never too early to share classics like 'Little Bo Peep' and 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.' An anthology of favorite Mother Goose selections, Mother Goose Remembers, is the perfect collection to celebrate the nursery rhymes that have become a literary staple for children. 

About The Book:

Mother Goose Remembers

Enjoy the rhythms and cozy warmth of the forty-six nursery rhymes in this nostalgic collection. This treasured gift book features a feather from the plumage of Mother Goose hidden on every page, waiting to be found by youngsters. Book with CD edition includes songs and rhymes performed by Caroline Butler, Charles Spicer, Nick Hooper and Dave Townsend.
For babies to 5 years
Illustrated By: Clare Beaton
Sung By: Caroline Butler


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So, what's Mother Goose Day all about?


Purpose: To re-appreciate the old nursery rhymes.
Motto: "Either alone or in sharing, read childhood nursery favorites and feel the warmth of Mother Goose's embrace."
 
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 (MFarland Pub.). The day is now listed in many calendars of events and celebrated throughout the United States. It has been noted by municipalities, a cereal producer, banks, etc. and has a particular appeal to Kindergarten-Primary grades, libraries, and nursing homes.


Visit the official Mother Goose Society Website, filled with information on the 'real' Mother Goose and some fun ways to celebrate Mother Goose Day.

Here's an example of what you'll find.

"Fingerplays have traditionally played an important role in education: they help teach rhythm, muscle control, and language. They can also teach good character, provide information about certain subjects, and even be useful as subtle disciplinary diversions.
This truly is "talking with your hands," for the story is illustrated by hand positions and movements.
The most basic form of fingerplay is the familiar counting-off of fingers (or toes!); others engage the hands more fully, and some even involve the whole body."

So, how will you celebrate Mother Goose Day? 


1. Will you go to a parade?

As a child, I have fond memories of attending the Mother Goose Parade. What joy to see the floats and marching bands. Here's some info on that.
Mother Goose Parade: El Cajon, California is traditionally held the Sunday before Thanksgiving and is the second largest parade in the state. Attended annually by half a million people, the three mile parade route spans a two-hour period. El Cajon celebrated its 47th annual "gift to children" in November of 1993. For information call the Mother Goose Parade Association at 619-444-8712. 

2. Will you eat curds and whey? 


Boil: 12 cups fresh water, 6 cups instant dry milk powder, 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand. Pour the mixture over a bowl with a paper towel on top. Curds are the cheese part and whey is the milky part. 

3. Will you draw Mother goose pictures? 


Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tale Coloring Pages

 Do you have a favorite nursery rhyme? Here's a few:










All the best,
-- LadyD