We're taking a look at nursery rhyme origin stories. Some are weird, some are racist, and some are downright creepy.
Some nursery rhymes have such strange messages, it's easy to speculate about their meanings. We look at some possible origin stories and make up our own.
A teacher writes about nursery rhymes as great conversation starters for the four-year-old set, and lists 5 alternative nursery rhyme collections and retellings.