Mother Goose in Prose cover

Mother Goose in Prose

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

1. 01 - Sing a Song o' Sixpence
2. 02 - The Story of Little Boy Blue
3. 03 - The Cat and the Fiddle
4. 04 - The Black Sheep
5. 05 -Old King Cole
6. 06 - Mistress Mary
7. 07 -The Wond'rous Wise Man
8. 08 -What Jack Horner Did
9. 09 - The Man in the Moon
10. 10 - The Jolly Miller
11. 11 - The Little Man and His Little Gun
12. 12 - Hickory Dickory Dock
13. 13 - Little Bo-Peep
14. 14 - The Story of Tommy Tucker
15. 15 - Pussy-cat Mew
16. 16 - How the Beggars Came to Town
17. 17 - Tom, the Piper's Son
18. 18 - Humpty Dumpty
19. 19 - The Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
20. 20 - Little Miss Muffet
21. 21 - Three Wise Men of Gotham
22. 22 - Little Bun Rabbit

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Before he wrote the Oz books, L. Frank Baum wrote this book which was the best selling book of 1897. Taking 22 beloved nursery rhymes, he explains their meaning and fascinating history. What is the true story of Little Boy Blue? Why was Mary contrary?As he says in the introduction, "Many of these nursery rhymes are complete tales in themselves, telling their story tersely but completely; there are others which are but bare suggestions, leaving the imagination to weave in the details of the story. Perhaps therein may lie part of their charm, but however that may be I have thought the children might like the stories told at greater length, that they may dwell the longer upon their favorite heroes and heroines. For that reason I have written this book." L. Frank Baum



- Review

As always Phil does a WONDERFUL job. This was a delightful book that seems to make more sense of the crazy rhymes we grew up with but never really knew what they meant.