A post by Katy Gilmore over at her spirits rose with a picture of a pair of pockets (they weren't always sewn into garments) got me to thinking about nursery rhymes -- who else remembers Lucy Locket who lost her pocket?
Do people still read nursery rhymes to their children? Or have Sesame Street and all the ingenious electronic toys replaced Humpty Dumpty as a teaching tool?
I know that I was read nursery rhymes -- I can still repeat many of them. And I'm pretty sure that I read them to my older boy -- although he learned to read so early (at two and a half) that he quickly moved on to bigger and better things.
My younger son, as I recall, had better things to do than sit around being read to by dear old mum ('What did you bring that book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?') He had an older brother and cousin doing fun stuff with action figures and Stretch Armstrong -- no Miss Muffet for him!
I don't have grandchildren so don't know -- are nursery rhymes incorporated in children's programming and electronic games? Do kindergarten classes sing them? Or are they too busy being prepped for testing?
Are Bo Peep and Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Mary and her little lamb still a part of the common currency of childhood or have they faded away to those green pastures of yesterday?
What do you think?