Because today is National Mother Goose Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Mother Goose. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this hardcover book that is a collection of stories and nursery rhymes. I literally cannot remember a time in my life when this book has not been in my possession or sitting on my bookshelf.
It’s titled Young Years: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children. From the information provided in the book, it was edited by Augusta Baker and published by Parents’ Magazine Press in 1960. I feel certain that the copy I own was printed at some point later than that, but there’s no indication of that anywhere.
There are 511 pages filled with stories and poetry and I don’t think I ever read this thing cover to cover, but I know I would pull it off the shelf and find my favorites to reread at various points throughout my childhood. Based on the Table of Contents, the book contains (probably) all of the Nursery Rhymes you’ve ever heard and a lot you’ve never heard of. Then it moves into Nursery Stories like The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding-Hood, and The Three Little Pigs (which is way different than the Disney animated short from back in the day).
Then there’s a section of Fables like The Ant and the Grasshopper and The Hare and the Tortoise. After that is the Fairy Tales section, with just about everything that’s been made into a Disney movie and several that haven’t. Yet. The final section is filled with Poetry, which wraps up with the familiar “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
I always said I would hold on to the book in case I had kids of my own one day. Now, at age 42, I wonder if that day will ever come. And I wonder if I should just pass it on to friends who actually do have small children. Then again, a part of me is selfish and wants to continue holding on to this book for myself. I’m rarely sentimental about anything, really. To have in my possession a book that I’ve held onto my entire life? It’s hard to think about letting it go.
What do you think? Should I keep it on my shelf, rarely looking at it these days? Or let it go to a family that I know could enjoy it as parents spend time reading classic tales and poems to their children?
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