1. Do you know 'Poem Name'? or Why isn't 'Poem Name' on your site?
If you don't find a particular poem which you are looking for on this site,
please take a look at the following set of links.
There are many other poetry pages and I've marked one or two which specifically
do take requests for poetry, rhymes and songs. Perhaps you will be able to find your
poem that way.
If you think of a rhyme that is not included in my site, it is because my site is purely a
transcription of one book published in 1916. The title is
'The Real Mother Goose'. However confusing that may be,
there are many rhymes, some classed only as Nursery Rhymes and
some also called Mother Goose Rhymes which do not appear in this book.
For more information about the history of Mother Goose you can look at
the outide links page. It includes links
specifically related to origins and history.
Best of Luck.
You're welcome to email me and ask if I happen to know a rhyme but 98% of the
time I'll end up pointing you back to this page. *smile*
If I know it, I'll be happy to recite it but I am not an expert on literature or even
2. Who do you think was the real Mother Goose?
You could spend a few years researching this and write a thesis. (In fact I am sure people have.)
Whether or whether not there was a woman known as Mother Goose, really does not concern me.
My brief interpretation is as follows:
Many rhymes for children from various sources have been collected at different times and
attributed to a persona known as Mother Goose.
If you are interested in the origins of Mother Goose or the rhymes have a look at the
outside links page.
There are several sites listed there specifically related to origins and history.
3. Where can I buy this book?
As far as I know versions of the book 'The Real Mother Goose' are still
available in bookstores. There are also several abbreviated versions,
board books with just a handfull of rhymes, etc. You can also purchase
the book from the web. I have a list of links to various internet
bookstores which currently list the book. (I have no affiliation with
any of these shops/sites and am not selling any books. Caveat Emptor.)
4. What is the value of this edition which I found in the attic?
Your best bet is to probably check out a few places that are
likely to carry similar items. Do a search at East Bay Auctions
http://www.ebay.com/ on 'The Real
Mother Goose'. I've seen several copies of older editions of the
book available there. eBay Auctions usually has a few copies up for
auction and you can get a fairly good idea of the value of your copy
by watching and comparing. Another place to look might be Amazon
Or check your local yellow pages for a rare/used/antiquarian books
shop near you. Obviously it depends on what issue you have. i.e. a
First edition in good condition is probably more valuable than a later edition. In
general however, this book is so prolific that it does not generally
command a high price. In 1989, The Real Mother Goose was 20th on the list of
All-Time Bestselling Hardcover Children's Books, having sold 3,600,000.
That's a lot of copies floating around.
5. I have a question about copyright.
I am not an expert on copyright laws. I have a page specifically addressing
'Questions about Copyright Law' with links to some sources of information.