In addition to being May Day and National Chocolate Parfait Day, May 1st is also Mother Goose Day. Huzzah!
I loved Mother Goose rhymes as a child, and I used them a lot when I taught kindergarten and first grade. That experience was especially interesting since I taught a mostly Latino/Filipino population, and a lot of the kids had never heard these rhymes before. But the infectious rhythm soon had them choosing favorites, and sometimes writing their own versions as well.
I did the same thing as a child. My very first writing obsession was with little Robin Redbreast. I spent hours with those primary writing papers–newsprint with half the page blank for pictures, and several lines for writing across the bottom. My Robin went on adventure after adventure, and he always emerged unscathed.
In case you don’t remember, here’s the original text:
Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up went Pussy-Cat, down went he,
Down came Pussy-Cat, away Robin ran,
Says little Robin Redbreast: “Catch me if you can!”
Little Robin Redbreast jumped upon a spade,
Pussy-Cat jumped after him, and then he was afraid.
Little Robin chirped and sang, and what did Pussy say?
Pussy-Cat said: “Mew, mew, mew,” and Robin flew away.
Do you have a favorite Mother Goose rhyme? Here’s a link in case you need a refresher: http://www.cybercrayon.net/readingroom/books/mothergoose/realmothergoose.html.
And just to make the celebration complete, here’s a chocolate parfait for you (the no-calorie version). 🙂