Hobby Horse

I had a little hobby-horse,
And it was dapple gray;
Its head was made of pea-straw,
Its tail was made of hay.

 I sold it to an old woman
For a copper groat;
And I’ll not sing my song again
Without another coat.

Our young narrator learned a hard lesson in this rhyme. Sometimes you have to sacrifice things that you value or even love out of necessity. Clearly it is far better to have a warm coat than a toy, but useless objects can have a lot of sentimental value. Props to the narrator for making the right, though tough, decision, and here’s to hoping we can all do the same if the time comes. Of course, here’s more to hoping that it never comes!

Verdict: Shout this one out loud while galloping along on your horse.

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.


  1. An interesting rhyme. What makes me curious is the second to last line where they say that they will not sing their song again. What do you believe that that refers to? Great post 🙂



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