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Nursery Rhymes
Submitted by: Debbie Hudson, Barbara Bush
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Humpty Dumpty by:Daniel Kirk
While watching young King Moe's birthday parade, Humpty Dumpty falls and breaks, but the King is able to put him back together.
The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by:Jim Aylesworth
Recounts the antics of a young mouse each hour after the clock strikes one.
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by:David Conway
Little Miss Muffet is bored. So she goes off to find a new nursery rhyme to be in. No rhyme seems quite right for Little Miss Muffet. Suddenly life with a scary little spider doesn't seem so bad after all.
Hey Diddle Diddle by:Kin Eagle
This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happened after the cow jumped over the moon.Includes music on the last page.
Itsy Bitsy The Smart Spider by:Charise Mericle Harper
The spider from the famous nursery rhyme gets a job in order to buy a cover that will keep her dry and prevent her being washed down the water spout again.
Mary had a Little Lamb by:Iza Trapani
This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens when the lamb decides to go off alone. Includes music on the last page.
Songs
Grand Ole Duke of York
The Grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
So the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again!
Hey Diddle , Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle.
The cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such a sport
and the dish ran away with the spoon
Craft
I took a large construction paper and on half of it had the kids build a red brick wall out of red construction paper rectangles, and the other half they cut a strip of green paper like grass and glued them to the bottom of the page. Then I had two white oval egg cutouts. They decorated one for the humpty dumpty on the wall and then cut the other egg into pieces and glued him broken on the grass, or pieced together on the grass.
Other
Iza Trapani has several different books that are all traditional nursery rhymes that add on to the basic story.
Notes
I had a copy of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and before each book we would read and have everyone say the traditional rhyme together.

I only listed three songs, but we basically sang as many nursery rhymes as we could think of and had time for.