The Mother Goose Society was founded in 1987 to encourage a love for the warm tradition of Mother Goose rhymes and Mother Goose's comforting embrace and to promote the annual celebration of Mother Goose Day (May 1st).

Who was Mother Goose? Many she's and he's—different writers—in different times. The term has been traced to Loret's 1650 La Muse Historique in which appeared the line, Comme unconte de la Mere Oye ("Like a Mother Goose story"). Two French Queen Berthas have been conjectured as a "Mother Goose" but there is no traceable evidence that either was the reference in Loret's remarks.

In 1697 Charles Perrault used the phrase in a published collection of eight fairy tales which included "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and others. Although the book was titled, (translated from French) Histories and Tales of Long Ago, with Morals, the frontispiece showed an old woman spinning and telling stories, with a placard on the page which bore the words Contes de la Mere l'Oye (Tales of My Mother the Goose). Perrault thereby set the stage for the name to become a household word.

The single most important promoter of the designation of Mother Goose as writer of children's rhymes was John Newbery. With his adoption of her name for a collection of mostly traditional rhymes, he usurped her former alliance with the tales. The date for publication of this important edition is agreed by scholars to be about 1765 (1760-1766).

Mother Goose's Melody: or Sonnets for the Cradle was a little volume, believed to have been edited by Oliver Goldsmith, with Goldsmith's decidedly unchildlike "maxims" as footnotes.

Newbery's book was widely pirated and numerous editions were reprinted in England, and in America at Boston and New York, with additional rhymes. The designation "Mother Goose Rhymes" took hold.

The fact is that "Mother Goose" rhymes are from many sources, passed down in folklore fashion (some even written by famous authors) and perpetuated by publishers, frequently without author attribution.

So, origins of Mother Goose terminology are vague—and authorship of the verses is known to be varied—yet, we all know that "Mother Goose" is—somehow—real.


Warm weather and Mother Goose to rhyme,
May is a month of events that are favorites of mine.

Cinco de Mayo, an excuse to have a colorful lunch or dinner with friends.
Mother's Day is always special and to the month memories does lend.

Armed Forces Day to remember our troops and the sacrifices they make.
Graduation, cards and wonderful lunches and cakes.

Indy festivities, picnics and fun,
We all have a great time in the sun.

Hubby's birthday, a time to remember past years.
Memorial Day, we can't help but shed a few tears.

May, a wonderful time of flowers, gifts and celebrations that are great.
Get your cards, plan your parties, and don't be late.

Have a "Mother Goose Party"

Boy Blue Haystacks

Equipment: large pot or mixing bowl, mixing spoon, can opener, pot holders, wax paper, teaspoon, rubber scraper, cookie pan or two dinner plates .

Ingredients: 1 10-ounce package butterscotch bits (or near to 10-ounce)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 medium-size can chow mein noodles

To melt the butterscotch in a microwave oven, empty the package into a microwave bowl and microwave for five minutes. Then check to see if they are melted; if not, zap them another few minutes. Use pot holders to take the dish out when the butterscotch is melted.

To melt the butterscotch on the stove, empty the package into a large pot. Use a low flame. You will have to keep stirring, so it doesn't burn. Use a pot holder to hold the handle. When the butterscotch is melted, take the pot off the stove.

Measure 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Put the peanut butter into the butterscotch and stir it together. When it is all mixed, add the can of chow mein noodles. Stir until the chow mein noodles are mixed in.

Cover the cookie pan or dinner plates with wax paper. Use the teaspoon to scoop out spoonsful of the mixture--you can use your fingers or a rubber scraper to push the recipe off the teaspoon. Put the "haystacks" close to each other, so all of the mixture will fit on the cookie pan or plates.

Put the Boy Blue Haystacks into the refrigerator for at least one hour, so they can chill and get firm.

Boy Blue wouldn't stay asleep if he had these to eat!

By Phyllis Ann (






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