A Little Cock Sparrow Sat on a Tree

A little cock sparrow sat on a tree,
Looking as happy as happy could be,
Till a boy came by with his bow and arrow,
Says he, I will shoot the little cock sparrow.

His body will make me a nice little stew,
And his giblets will make me a little pie, too.
Says the little cock sparrow, I’ll be shot if I stay,
So he clapped his wings, and flew away.

This is a great selection to kick off this year’s blogging challenge because it’s all about personal responsibility, which is a characteristic I value greatly. The moral of this nursery rhyme is apparent: help yourself! Yes, the bird should be free to sit in the tree as long as he wants. But if trouble comes his way, he’d better not sit around waiting for legislation to protect him. You can putter across a pedestrian crosswalk instead of running while a drunk driver barrels down the road toward you at 60 mph because you have the right of way, but you’ll also be dead at the end of this scenario. Your family can sue, but how does that benefit you? Take smart action, live longer.

Verdict: Let the cock sparrow sing this rhyme loudly from his new nest.

It’s widely understood that Aesop’s fables had a lesson to impart to the reader. It’s less commonly known, but no less true, that the original Grimm’s fairy tales contained a lot of violence and sexual content that was inappropriate for children. But what about Mother Goose? Were the colorfully illustrated nursery rhymes in your Little Golden Book really so innocent? Were they carefully curated to be only about silliness and pat-a-cake? Let’s explore the reality together in this year’s Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.

11 Comments

  1. Love your openign post. I didnt’ really get the moral of the story until you talked about it, but now I see it 🙂

    As for fairy tales, Tolkien said they ende dup in the nursey by a mere chance. And most of thenm sure don’t sound anything intended for young ears, if you read the ‘original’ version.
    Fascinating subject, fairy tales.

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  2. This is a great theme, and I enjoy your writing. I’ve just started following your blog. I have a trip planned this month so I used the alphabet theme to my advantage, writing ahead for the days that I’ll be away. I don’t think that’s cheating at all!

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  3. What a fabulous theme! I’m not sure I remember ever hearing this one before. I’ll be interested in seeing what you’ve chosen for the rest of the alphabet is familiar, and that I perhaps blocked this one out or whether I just don’t know Mother Goose as well as I thought. In any case, I love your take on the life lesson here.

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