Questions No.23 to 25
Nursery rymes are simple poems which exsist in many cultures.
Through these poems, children have fun singing, playing games, and learning basic language and counting skills.
What is remarkable about these poem is that they are often passed down orally from one generation to another in the home.
⇒問23④ They are often introduced to children in the family.
Among nursery rymes, Mother Goose may be the best known.
But, was there really a person named Mother Goose?
We are not sure.
⇒問24④ We do not know who Mother Goose was.
There are several interesting theories about the origin of Mother Goose.
Some scholars suggest that it was the French author, Charles Perrault, who said in the 1600s that the poems were told by an old woman who kept geese.
Others say that the English author, John Newbury, first used in a book he published in 1765.
Still others insist that Mother Goose was Elizabeth Gooth, who lived in Boston in the 18th century and entertained her grandchildren by singing nursery rhymes.
Regardless of how the term originated, Mother Goose rhymes are the most familiar children's poems and are enjoyed worldwide.
Teachers of English often use them to introduce the natural sounds and rhythms of the language in a fun way.
⇒問25① Mother Goose rhymes are useful in English language classes.
Today, many workers of literature, popular songs, and movies also make references to Mother Goose rhymes.
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