Learning - General Knowledge | 1-6 yrs

Stories Behind Nursery Rhymes


Have you been singing 'Rock-a-bye Baby' or, 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' to your little one before you put him to bed? Did you ever stop to think why the nursery rhyme is about a baby falling from a tree? Or what is the story behind people asking a sheep for wool?

There are many stories about the origin of these popular nursery rhymes. Some are scary, others are absurd and a few are even based on true events that happened in the past. Read this ClipBook to know more.


Nursery Rhymes: What Do They Really Mean?

Nursery rhymes, also known as Mother Goose rhymes, can be broadly defined as short songs and verses often read or sung to, or by, young children. Generally, these verses are anonymous, although the term nursery rhyme has also been applied to works...

When Was The First Nursery Rhyme Written?

Probably right at this moment, mothers of small children around the world are mindlessly singing along to seemingly innocuous nursery rhymes that, if you dig a little deeper, reveal shockingly sinister backstories. Babies falling from trees? Heads...

10 Dark And Disturbing Origins Of Popular Nursery Rhymes

Plagues, prostitution, burning at the stake—none of these are topics you would talk to a toddler about. However, so many of the nursery rhymes we all grew up singing have such dark origins that you'd be shocked to find you were taught these in sch...

Truth Behind The Rhymes: Political Satire, Ribald Jokes, Religious Disputes And More

Sometimes it’s easy, albeit shocking, to track down the un-bowdlerised originals. Early collections of fairy tales such as the famous Brothers Grimm compendium set down gruesome tales full of violence and violation, quite unlike our Disney version...

Origin Of Top 50 Nursery Rhymes Of All Times

It’s a rite of passage for everyone growing up to memorise a dozen or so nursery rhymes along with our siblings and classmates. The list of nursery rhymes we could recite from the top of our heads along with the actions they come with seem very na...

The Creepy Backstories Behind Childhood Nursery Rhymes

"See how they run, see how they run, They all ran after the farmer’s wife, Who cut off their tails with a carving knife," - what a creepy tale to include in a child's nursery rhyme!

The Curious Origins Of Sing A Song Of Sixpence

The curious history behind the popular nursery rhyme 'Sing A Song of Sixpence' takes us to Tudor times of Henry VIII to the Pirates of the Caribbean via the splendours of gastronomy. Is the song just a puerile nonsensical exercise in rhyming or a...

Nursery Rhymes: A Method Of Communication

In more repressed times, people were not always allowed to express themselves freely, for fear of persecution. Gossiping, criticising the government or even talking about current events were often punishable by death. In order to communicate at wi...

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