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The inner city Mother Goose

Author: Eve Merriam; David Diaz
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mother Goose rhymes were not always considered to be nonsensical fare for young children, originally these verses were written as social and politcal commentary. In 1969 when author Eve Merriam wanted to comment about social and political issues of the time, she turned to Mother Goose rhymes in a nod to their original purpose. Her resultant poems, inspired by traditional "nursery rhymes," depict the grim reality of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile poetry
Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992.
Inner city Mother Goose.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©1996
(OCoLC)899694696
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Eve Merriam; David Diaz
ISBN: 0689806779 9780689806773 0671880330 9780671880330
OCLC Number: 28336003
Notes: Originally published 1969.
"This new volume, the first published specifically for young adults, contains the complete text of the expanded 1982 edition, and a new introduction by poet Nikki Giovani. It is illustrated with ten dazzling full-color paintings by Caldecott Award-winning artist David Diaz."--Book jacket.
Target Audience: Young Adult.; Despite the use of the child-friendly moniker of Mother Goose in its title, The inner city Mother Goose, originally published in 1969, expanded and self-published in 1982, and revised and reissued in 1996, was never been meant for children-- the first and second editions of the book were directed at an adult audience, and the third edition was published specifically for young adults.
Description: ix, 70 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: "The inner city me" / Nikki Giovanni --
Eve Merriam's introduction to the 1982 edition --
Jeremiah Obadiah --
The nub of the nation --
Simple Simon --
Mary, Mary --
Diddle diddle dumpling --
Star light, star bright --
Now I lay me down to sleep --
There is a lady --
Hark, hark --
Lucy Locket --
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick --
Take-a-tour, take-a-tour, congressman --
Boys and girls come out to play --
What are summer nights made of? --
Everyone knows --
You'll find mice --
Ding, dong, bell --
Hushabye baby --
Rub-a-dub-dub --
Here we go round --
Here I am, Little Jumping Joan --
The recruiting sergeant --
The generals --
Taxi Man --
Robin and Richard --
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride --
Sing a song of subways --
I had a little --
My mother said --
Who killed nobody? --
On TV --
This is the plant that was built --
Cherry stones --
Jack Sprat --
Taffy --
If --
To market --
Run, run --
One misty moisty morning --
One, two --
Christmas is coming --
Twelve rooftops leaping --
Fee, fi, fo, fum --
There is an old woman --
There was a man and he had naught --
Little Jack Horner --
Little Tom Tucker --
A man of words --
Fire --
Hey diddle diddle --
Hickety, pickety, my black hen --
Dump it, dump it --
Tom, Tom --
The cow jumped over the moon --
There was a crooked man --
There was a man --
Wisdom --
I do not like thee --
Twinkie, Twinkie --
Numbers --
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone? --
Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? --
Young flesh to sell --
Gliding across --
Solomon Grundy --
There was a little man --
The riddle --
Hector Protector --
Kindness --
Urban renewal.
Responsibility: Eve Merriam ; illustrated by David Diaz ; introduction by Nikki Giovanni.
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Mother Goose rhymes were not always considered to be nonsensical fare for young children, originally these verses were written as social and politcal commentary. In 1969 when author Eve Merriam wanted to comment about social and political issues of the time, she turned to Mother Goose rhymes in a nod to their original purpose. Her resultant poems, inspired by traditional "nursery rhymes," depict the grim reality of inner city life, including such topics as crime, drug abuse, unemployment, and inadequate housing.

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