Mother Goose's Mix-Ups

 
No study of children's literature would be complete without Mother Goose. But, just who is she or he?
 
Since the early 1600's, fairy tales and nursery rhymes have been passed down orally and and printed in book collections under the name "Mother Goose". And, parents have been sharing these centuries-old tales that still resonate today. 
 
In 1697, Charles Perrault published some familiar tales (including "Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood") in a collection entitled, Histories and Tales of Long Ago, with Morals. On the front cover sat an older woman telling stories, with a description (translated from French) that read: "Tales of My Mother, the Goose." 
 
In the late 1700's, John Newberry designated his printed collection of childhood poems, Mother Goose's Melody: or Sonnets for the Cradle. From there, the title Mother Goose's Rhymes spread to America and beyond.  
 
One of the most likely explanations of the origins of Mother Goose is a farmer woman who raised geese and children and gathered the whole flock together to recant poems and stories -- nearly 400 years ago!
 
Gather round and watch the video below to enjoy some of Mother Goose's famous rhymes. Then, create your very own mixed-up, story-time puzzles.
 
SUPPLIES
-- popsicle sticks (10-15 depending on the width)
-- small pictures or story scenes, cut from old magazines or books
-- glue stick or glue in a small cup with a paint brush
-- craft knife and/or sharp scissors (for an adult to use!)