Nursery Rhymes Exhibit
Charleston, South Carolina May 1, 2013 to August 28, 2013
A nursery rhyme is any verse that is customarily and traditionally said or sung to small children. From the point of view of definition, the source and age of the rhyme is immaterial, and it need not originally have been intended for children.
It becomes a nursery rhyme through usage.
Why are Most Nursery Rhymes Old?
When a child has to be entertained, the rhymes and songs most readily recalled are those from an adult's own childhood, and this is the reason why the nursery repertoire is traditional and remains moderately stable. A rare exception is a rhyme or song which was new when the adult was a child may occasionally come to mind along with the old verses, and thus enter the stream of tradition. Two such 'new-commers' are: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Written by Ann and Jane Taylor in 1806) and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Written by Sarah Josepha Hale in 1830).
The ages of nursery rhymes vary considerably, and the origin and history of each rhyme must be examined individually.
Original Illustrations will be on exhibit from:
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Cock a Doodle doo
Jack and Jill
Little Bo Peep
Ring a-round the roses
Simple Simon a
Simple Simon b
There was a crooked man
There Was a Little Man
This Little Piggy
Three wise men of Gotham
Wee Willie Winkie
Oranges and Lemons
In addition, The following will be included in the exhibit:
Jack and Jill by L. M. Alcott
This is the House/Jack Built