Here’s Sulky Sue,
What shall we do?
Turn her face to the wall
Till she comes to.
Children (and adults) should be punished appropriately for their bad behavior. If this little girl was sulking around, I see nothing wrong with making her stand against the wall until she straightens herself. No one else should have to be around her if she’s acting like a brat. Finally Mother Goose acknowledges that some actions have consequences! Although it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the character in this rhyme is a girl…
Verdict: That old punishment of making a kid write something out 100 times? Make the especially bratty ones write this rhyme.
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.