This charming book of illustrated children's nursery rhymes, Mother Goose's Melody, was published in 1817. It contains several old nursery rhymes that have not stood the test of time, as well as many that are still familiar to us such as 'Hush-a-by baby' and 'Bah! bah! black sheep'.
The phrase 'nursery rhyme' did not appear in print until July 1824, in an issue of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine; they were previously known as songs, rhymes or ditties.
- Full title:
- Mother Goose's Melody : or, Sonnets for the cradle : containing the most celebrated songs and lullabies of the old British Nurses. Embellished with many beautiful pictures.
- 1817, London
- Book / Childrens book / Illustration / Image
- Held by:
- British Library
- Usage terms:
- Public Domain
- Article by:
- Kimberley Reynolds
- The novel 1832 - 1880, Childhood and children's literature
Professor Kimberley Reynolds explores how Lewis Carroll transformed logic, literary traditions and ideas about childhood into the superbly inventive and irreverent Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- Article by:
- Martin Dubois
- Childhood and children's literature
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is crammed with animals: a grinning cat, a talking rabbit, an enormous caterpillar and countless others. Dr Martin Dubois explores anthropomorphism and nonsense in Lewis Carroll’s novel, revealing the literary traditions that underpin it – and those it inspired.