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Mother Goose HubNuggets

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Elle Fredine (RedElf), photographer, published author, Elle loves seeking out new writers, and catching up with old friends

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of gold;

Eighteen little HubNuggets, plucked from the fold;

Six in each category, worthy of your note;

Who will the winners be? Choose them with your vote!

It's that time again - time to celebrate new, undiscovered writers on HubPages in our HubNuggets round up hub! Time to bring the cream of the crop to the attention of the HubPages community, and ask everyone to show their support by voting for your favorite in each category. Then, the top vote-getters in each category will receive the coveted HubNuggets Accolade to display proudly on their profile page.

...but how are the original eighteen hubs chosen? Well, you might ask. The arduous task of selecting each week's stand-out hubs falls to the HubNuggets Team. The selection process itself though, is more closely guarded than the Cadbury Caramilk secret...


Behind the scenes at HubNuggets Central

Wee Jason Menayan searches for new hubs,

Upstairs and downstairs, and under every shrub,

Tapping on his keyboard, checking twice each day;

"Are the categories picked? Are some new hubs on the way?

Maddie be nimble, Simone be quick;

Stop jumping over that candlestick!

Find all the hubs for this week's categories -

Then the team can get busy, and write up their stories..."


The HubPages Tutorials and Community Nominees

Patty Pieman met a writer writing hard one day,

Said Patty to the writer, "Friend, what do you have to say?"

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The writer said, "I'm writing 'hubs' and hope to earn a penny."

Said Patty to the writer, "Well, I wish you that, and many!

But more than that, friend writer, for I'm searching out the best,

Friend Elf and I seek hubs of gold, and make this one request -

Write well upon your topic, and be careful how you spel, er, sppel, er, speel, er, <right click> Aha! SPELL,

Source your pictures properly - here's a link for that, as well:" - LEGAL Images HP


The Family and Parenting Nominees

KoffeKlatch Gals was a busy wee gal, a-searching up dale and down dell;

She tweeted a new hub and updated her status to ripplemaker, and Enelle;

"Have you found any nuggets?" They were all looking out for the cream of the crop, you see,

And until hubs were found - the best all-around from new writers - they would busy be...

ladyjane1 had so much fun selecting new hubs for Friday,

She found a bunch and stopped for lunch, and said, "That's it for my day!"

So she sent the hubs to the team, and we compiled the best we'd all found,

And today, you see, they are here to enjoy, and promote, and share about!


The Business and Employment Nominees

What's a HubNugget?

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invited the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners were featured in our newsletter.
  • The HubNiggets Team: SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

According to Wikipedia:

"The figure of Mother Goose is the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes[1] often published as Old Mother Goose's Rhymes, as illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1913. As a character, she appears in one nursery rhyme.

A Christmas pantomime called Mother Goose is often performed in the United Kingdom. The so-called "Mother Goose" rhymes and stories have formed the basis for many classic British pantomimes.

Mother Goose first appeared in print when Charles Perrault, one of the initiators of the literary fairy tale genre, published a collection of fairy tales in 1695 called Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités under the name of his son, which became better known under its subtitle of 'Contes de ma mère l'Oye' or 'Tales of My Mother Goose'. Perrault's publication marks the first authenticated starting-point for Mother Goose stories.

In 1729, an English translation appeared of Perrault's collection, Robert Samber's Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose,which introduced Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and other Perrault tales to English-speaking audiences. These were fairy tales.

The first public appearance of the Mother Goose stories in the Americas was in Worcester, Massachusetts, where printer Isaiah Thomas reprinted Samber's volume under the same title in 1786."

Mother Goose is usually depicted as a kind, grandmotherly Welsh country-woman, complete with round spectacles and bonnet. Sometimes, she is shown as an actual goose, wearing spectacles and a bonnet. And at time, the old story-teller appears as a character in some of her own poems:

Old Mother Goose,
When she wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.

Jack rode to his mother,
The news for to tell;
She called him a good boy
And said it was well.

Then Jack went a-courting
A lady so gay,
As fair as the lily,
And sweet as the May.

But then the old Squire
Came behind his back,
And began to belabour
The sides of poor Jack.

Then old Mother Goose,
That instant came in,
And turned her son Jack
Into famed Harlequin.

So then with her wand,
Touched the lady so fine,
And turned he rat once
Into Sweet Columbine.

The old egg in the sea
Was thrown away then--
When Jack jumped in,
And got it back again.

Jack's mother came by,
And caught the goose soon,
And mounting its back,
Flew up to the moon.

There have been numerous adaptations of Mother Goose Rhymes since her original outings. And it is certainly true that her rhymes hold something for almost everyone. Sometimes she is presented in her traditional format, but at times, she is transformed to make her stories and poems more accessible to a particular demographic. Here is a partial list of some authors who have redressed the old story-teller into a regional character:

  • The Space Child's Mother Goose by Frederick Winsor (1958)
  • The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam (1969)
  • Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver (1969)
  • The Alaska Mother Goose: North Country Nursery Rhymes by Shelley Gill (1987)
  • Tutu Nene: The Hawaiian Mother Goose Rhymes by Debra Ryll (1997)
  • An Appalachian Mother Goose by James Still (1998)
  • Texas Mother Goose by David Davis (2006)
  • Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls by Lucy A. Nolan, illustrated by Connie McLennan (2009)
  • Deep in the Desert by Rhonda Lucas Donald, illustrated by Sherry Neidigh (2011)

And here are two earlier, classic takes on Mother Goose:

"Thanks for Voting" by RedElf: original photo by edg ☺ ☭.Edgarde CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

© 2011 RedElf


RedElf (author) from Canada on December 03, 2011:

Thanks Debby! :D

Debby Bruck on December 02, 2011:

Loved em.

RedElf (author) from Canada on December 02, 2011:

Thanks so much, Debby. Glad you liked my goosies :D

Debby Bruck on December 02, 2011:

Dear Elle ~ Love it, love it, love it! Great job rhyming with Mother Goose, but I kept getting distracted as the trail of geese marched back and forth across the page. (hugs) Debby

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 08, 2011:

Me too, Enelle - my candlestick jumping days are behind me! I'm happy to leave it to the "young uns" these days :D

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on November 08, 2011:

Always fun with Mother Goose! RedElf these were delightful! Read, voted, shared etc. :D So glad I didn't try candlestick

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 08, 2011:

So nice of you to stop by and support our new writers, friend Hh.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 08, 2011:

A great selection. I could have voted for everyone of them.

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 07, 2011:

Hope you're feeling better soon - thanks for stopping by, Laura.

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on November 07, 2011:

Funny and great pics!

I will check them out. Sorry, in a funk at the moment.

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 07, 2011:

Thanks so much, Mrs. Menagerie, and thanks for stopping by to read and vote!

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on November 06, 2011:

I LOVE these rhythms and your hub awesome!

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 06, 2011:

Thanks so much, Gal! So glad you stopped by to support our new writers!

Ahh, Maddie, back to step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over candlestick-jumping... :D:D:D Glad you enjoyed the rhymes!

Maddie Ruud from Oakland, CA on November 06, 2011:

These rhymes are fantastic!!! What fun! I'll do my best to stop jumping over the candlestick... I admit it's become something of an addiction.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on November 06, 2011:

RedElf, you've outdone yourself. The Moth RedElf rhymes are delightful.

Vote up, awesome, and shared.

Congraatulations to all of the nominees. I placed my precious votes.

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 05, 2011:

Not to worry, Pixels, your eligible hubs would have been automatically entered for you. Thanks for stopping by to read and vote!

That's great, may - there are a lot of great hubs to take in.

Very cute, molometer - get out there and promote your hub!

ripplemaker, we grew up with Mother Goose, too.

Thanks so much, lj - it's always great fun to write the round-ups.

icciev, and lavender, glad you stopped by to read and vote!

Thanks so much, Eiddwen, for stopping by to support our newer writers - you have a great weekend, too.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 05, 2011:

Brilliant ,what a gem!!!

I vote up up and away here.

Have a great weekend.


lavender3957 on November 05, 2011:

Wow, this was really great to read. I vote all the way up on this one. I love Mother Goose. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

icciev from Kuwait on November 05, 2011:

thanks for sharing this list of hubs in very interesting way, voted up

ladyjane1 from Texas on November 04, 2011:

Great poetry you are sooo talented. Voted up and awesome...congrats to all the nominees and good luck. Cheers.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on November 04, 2011:

I love Mother Goose Rhymes...our kids in our preschool too! :D On my way to read and vote! :D

Micheal from United Kingdom on November 04, 2011:

Thanks for the nomination, I am honoured to be nominated in such great company.

First of all I would like to thank my parents....O to early. O OK!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 04, 2011:

You really put a lot of info on this one. I've bookmarked it so I can go back and read some more. Thanks.

PixelsToLife from Arkansas on November 04, 2011:

I am really upset that I missed the chance to enter one of my tutorial Hubs into this week's Hubnugget competition. Oh well there are some great Hubs in this list. Good luck everyone.

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 04, 2011:

Well done on the hub, sidds! Glad you enjoyed the hub!

missolive, you are most welcome! Congrats to all the nominees - get out there and promote your hubs!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 04, 2011:

Thanks for the nomination! Honored! Best wishes to all!

sidds123450 on November 04, 2011:

Thanks a lot for the nomination RedElf!!

Great Hub btw..!!!

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 04, 2011:

Thanks, Keeley - you are certainly showing your support for our new writers!

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on November 04, 2011:

What a great hub! It shows how involved you are in the hub community and helps others get started and recognized! I commend you for using your writing skills in this way!!!

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 04, 2011:

Thanks so much, Patty PI - lovely to share our new writers around! I hope they all promote their hubs vigorously! I'll have a large slice of coconut cream, please, I just love the toasted coconut topping! Oh, and I'll have lemon meringue "to go" please. :D

Hi, Flora! We grew up with Mother Goose, and all took our turn reading it to our own children.

FloraBreenRobison on November 04, 2011:

I love Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Reminds me of my childhood.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 04, 2011:

RedElf's Hub is better than the children's story of Puss In Boots -- Voted Up and Awesome and shared around the Internet to gain more exposure for our new writers. Congratulations to the HubNuggets Wannabes nominees and may best 9 Hubs win with audience votes!

Now, everyone must go and enjoy some nice pie as they read through the nominated Hubs. It's on me.

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