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Mother Goose HubNuggets

Updated on May 16, 2018
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Elle Fredine (RedElf), photographer, published author, Elle loves seeking out new writers, and catching up with old friends

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of gold;

Eighteen little HubNuggets, plucked from the fold;

Six in each category, worthy of your note;

Who will the winners be? Choose them with your vote!

It's that time again - time to celebrate new, undiscovered writers on HubPages in our HubNuggets round up hub! Time to bring the cream of the crop to the attention of the HubPages community, and ask everyone to show their support by voting for your favorite in each category. Then, the top vote-getters in each category will receive the coveted HubNuggets Accolade to display proudly on their profile page.

...but how are the original eighteen hubs chosen? Well, you might ask. The arduous task of selecting each week's stand-out hubs falls to the HubNuggets Team. The selection process itself though, is more closely guarded than the Cadbury Caramilk secret...


Behind the scenes at HubNuggets Central

Wee Jason Menayan searches for new hubs,

Upstairs and downstairs, and under every shrub,

Tapping on his keyboard, checking twice each day;

"Are the categories picked? Are some new hubs on the way?

Maddie be nimble, Simone be quick;

Stop jumping over that candlestick!

Find all the hubs for this week's categories -

Then the team can get busy, and write up their stories..."

Which one of this week's HubPages Tutorials and Community nominees is your favorite?

  • 34% Online Research Writing - Tips and Tricks
  • 44% How I Earned Hub of the Day
  • 3% Hubbers helping fellow Hubbers
  • 9% HubPages (Writing) And Housework - How To Get Them Both Done - Part 1
  • 6% Free Images For Your Hub, Blog, Website or Video
  • 5% Finding the Confidence to Write Your First Hub
80 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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Patty Pieman met a writer writing hard one day,

Said Patty to the writer, "Friend, what do you have to say?"

The writer said, "I'm writing 'hubs' and hope to earn a penny."

Said Patty to the writer, "Well, I wish you that, and many!

But more than that, friend writer, for I'm searching out the best,

Friend Elf and I seek hubs of gold, and make this one request -

Write well upon your topic, and be careful how you spel, er, sppel, er, speel, er, <right click> Aha! SPELL,

Source your pictures properly - here's a link for that, as well:" - LEGAL Images HP

Which one of this week's Family and Parenting nominees is your favorite?

  • 8% Messy Bedroom Blues: Solutions for Parents and Children
  • 0% Creating Fun Days for Kids
  • 70% Diagnosing Dyslexia in Your Child; A Parent's Guide to 10 Important Signs
  • 14% Journal of a Single Black Father
  • 5% A Word That's Worth a Thousand Pictures
  • 5% Heraldry - Find or Create Your Family Crest
66 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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KoffeKlatch Gals was a busy wee gal, a-searching up dale and down dell;

She tweeted a new hub and updated her status to ripplemaker, and Enelle;

"Have you found any nuggets?" They were all looking out for the cream of the crop, you see,

And until hubs were found - the best all-around from new writers - they would busy be...

ladyjane1 had so much fun selecting new hubs for Friday,

She found a bunch and stopped for lunch, and said, "That's it for my day!"

So she sent the hubs to the team, and we compiled the best we'd all found,

And today, you see, they are here to enjoy, and promote, and share about!

Which one of this week's Business and Employment nominees is your favorite?

  • 17% Business Letter Writing
  • 60% How My TV Career Began or Girls Can Be Camera Operators too
  • 0% How Small Retailers Can Reduce Expenses Without Sacrificing Sales
  • 4% Stop Letting Email Control Your Workday
  • 3% The Introverted Employee and Meetings - A Manager's Guide
  • 16% Webanswers. You Are Going To Pay Me To Do What? How To Make More Money Online.
96 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

What's a HubNugget?

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invited the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners were featured in our newsletter.
  • The HubNiggets Team: SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

Mother Goose in Literature, with Links and a Poem

According to Wikipedia:

"The figure of Mother Goose is the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes[1] often published as Old Mother Goose's Rhymes, as illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1913. As a character, she appears in one nursery rhyme.

A Christmas pantomime called Mother Goose is often performed in the United Kingdom. The so-called "Mother Goose" rhymes and stories have formed the basis for many classic British pantomimes.

Mother Goose first appeared in print when Charles Perrault, one of the initiators of the literary fairy tale genre, published a collection of fairy tales in 1695 called Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités under the name of his son, which became better known under its subtitle of 'Contes de ma mère l'Oye' or 'Tales of My Mother Goose'. Perrault's publication marks the first authenticated starting-point for Mother Goose stories.

In 1729, an English translation appeared of Perrault's collection, Robert Samber's Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose,which introduced Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and other Perrault tales to English-speaking audiences. These were fairy tales.

The first public appearance of the Mother Goose stories in the Americas was in Worcester, Massachusetts, where printer Isaiah Thomas reprinted Samber's volume under the same title in 1786."

Mother Goose is usually depicted as a kind, grandmotherly Welsh country-woman, complete with round spectacles and bonnet. Sometimes, she is shown as an actual goose, wearing spectacles and a bonnet. And at time, the old story-teller appears as a character in some of her own poems:

Old Mother Goose,
When she wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.

Jack rode to his mother,
The news for to tell;
She called him a good boy
And said it was well.

Then Jack went a-courting
A lady so gay,
As fair as the lily,
And sweet as the May.

But then the old Squire
Came behind his back,
And began to belabour
The sides of poor Jack.

Then old Mother Goose,
That instant came in,
And turned her son Jack
Into famed Harlequin.

So then with her wand,
Touched the lady so fine,
And turned he rat once
Into Sweet Columbine.

The old egg in the sea
Was thrown away then--
When Jack jumped in,
And got it back again.

Jack's mother came by,
And caught the goose soon,
And mounting its back,
Flew up to the moon.

There have been numerous adaptations of Mother Goose Rhymes since her original outings. And it is certainly true that her rhymes hold something for almost everyone. Sometimes she is presented in her traditional format, but at times, she is transformed to make her stories and poems more accessible to a particular demographic. Here is a partial list of some authors who have redressed the old story-teller into a regional character:

  • The Space Child's Mother Goose by Frederick Winsor (1958)
  • The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam (1969)
  • Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver (1969)
  • The Alaska Mother Goose: North Country Nursery Rhymes by Shelley Gill (1987)
  • Tutu Nene: The Hawaiian Mother Goose Rhymes by Debra Ryll (1997)
  • An Appalachian Mother Goose by James Still (1998)
  • Texas Mother Goose by David Davis (2006)
  • Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls by Lucy A. Nolan, illustrated by Connie McLennan (2009)
  • Deep in the Desert by Rhonda Lucas Donald, illustrated by Sherry Neidigh (2011)

And here are two earlier, classic takes on Mother Goose:

"Thanks for Voting" by RedElf: original photo by edg ☺ ☭.Edgarde CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Debby! :D

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      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      Loved em.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Debby. Glad you liked my goosies :D

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      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      Dear Elle ~ Love it, love it, love it! Great job rhyming with Mother Goose, but I kept getting distracted as the trail of geese marched back and forth across the page. (hugs) Debby

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Me too, Enelle - my candlestick jumping days are behind me! I'm happy to leave it to the "young uns" these days :D

    • Enelle Lamb profile image

      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Always fun with Mother Goose! RedElf these were delightful! Read, voted, shared etc. :D So glad I didn't try candlestick

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      So nice of you to stop by and support our new writers, friend Hh.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A great selection. I could have voted for everyone of them.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hope you're feeling better soon - thanks for stopping by, Laura.

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      Laura Deibel 

      8 years ago from Aurora, CO

      Funny and great pics!

      I will check them out. Sorry, in a funk at the moment.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Mrs. Menagerie, and thanks for stopping by to read and vote!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 

      8 years ago from The Zoo

      I LOVE these rhythms and your hub awesome!

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Gal! So glad you stopped by to support our new writers!

      Ahh, Maddie, back to step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over candlestick-jumping... :D:D:D Glad you enjoyed the rhymes!

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      Maddie Ruud 

      8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      These rhymes are fantastic!!! What fun! I'll do my best to stop jumping over the candlestick... I admit it's become something of an addiction.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RedElf, you've outdone yourself. The Moth RedElf rhymes are delightful.

      Vote up, awesome, and shared.

      Congraatulations to all of the nominees. I placed my precious votes.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Not to worry, Pixels, your eligible hubs would have been automatically entered for you. Thanks for stopping by to read and vote!

      That's great, may - there are a lot of great hubs to take in.

      Very cute, molometer - get out there and promote your hub!

      ripplemaker, we grew up with Mother Goose, too.

      Thanks so much, lj - it's always great fun to write the round-ups.

      icciev, and lavender, glad you stopped by to read and vote!

      Thanks so much, Eiddwen, for stopping by to support our newer writers - you have a great weekend, too.

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant ,what a gem!!!

      I vote up up and away here.

      Have a great weekend.


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      8 years ago

      Wow, this was really great to read. I vote all the way up on this one. I love Mother Goose. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

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      8 years ago from Kuwait

      thanks for sharing this list of hubs in very interesting way, voted up

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      Great poetry you are sooo talented. Voted up and awesome...congrats to all the nominees and good luck. Cheers.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I love Mother Goose Rhymes...our kids in our preschool too! :D On my way to read and vote! :D

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the nomination, I am honoured to be nominated in such great company.

      First of all I would like to thank my parents....O to early. O OK!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      You really put a lot of info on this one. I've bookmarked it so I can go back and read some more. Thanks.

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      8 years ago from Arkansas

      I am really upset that I missed the chance to enter one of my tutorial Hubs into this week's Hubnugget competition. Oh well there are some great Hubs in this list. Good luck everyone.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Well done on the hub, sidds! Glad you enjoyed the hub!

      missolive, you are most welcome! Congrats to all the nominees - get out there and promote your hubs!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the nomination! Honored! Best wishes to all!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the nomination RedElf!!

      Great Hub btw..!!!

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Keeley - you are certainly showing your support for our new writers!

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      Keeley Shea 

      8 years ago from Norwich, CT

      What a great hub! It shows how involved you are in the hub community and helps others get started and recognized! I commend you for using your writing skills in this way!!!

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Patty PI - lovely to share our new writers around! I hope they all promote their hubs vigorously! I'll have a large slice of coconut cream, please, I just love the toasted coconut topping! Oh, and I'll have lemon meringue "to go" please. :D

      Hi, Flora! We grew up with Mother Goose, and all took our turn reading it to our own children.

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      8 years ago

      I love Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Reminds me of my childhood.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      RedElf's Hub is better than the children's story of Puss In Boots -- Voted Up and Awesome and shared around the Internet to gain more exposure for our new writers. Congratulations to the HubNuggets Wannabes nominees and may best 9 Hubs win with audience votes!

      Now, everyone must go and enjoy some nice pie as they read through the nominated Hubs. It's on me.


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