It was entirely too morbid, filled with cruel-hearted characters and unhappy endings.
Certainly these tales weren’t meant for the smallest eyes and ears?
Take, for example, Tom Tom The Piper’s Son [click on the link to read the text if you can’t make it out below]. A boy steals a pig. He is beat for it and ends up crying in anguish through the street.
And then there’s Georgie Porgie – the confused and disrespectful little boy who kisses all the girls and makes them cry.
And I can’t even bring myself to read Goosey Goosey Gander out loud. It’s so HORRIBLE. The author meets an old man who won’t say his prayers so he throws him down the stairs! What?!?
And that’s just for starters.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want my kids to be ignorant of these supposedly “classic” stories. But when I actually have to SKIP entire pages because of the negative lessons they are teaching, it’s just not worth it. Maybe we’ll revisit them when my girls are…ahem…out of the “nursery.”
I’M CURIOUS. Do you read your children nursery rhymes? If so, do you discuss the meanings? What are your favorite (or least favorite) nursery rhymes?