Letters to Mother Goose Series: Jack-a-Dandy

You know Mother Goose writes in rhyme, but did you know her characters are poets too? Join me today and all summer long as I share my Letter to Mother Goose series of poems (one each week) written to Mother Goose by the characters she created in response to her wish upon a star:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
I wonder how my children are.
Up above the world so bright,
if I may, I wish they’d write.

Original rhyme:

Handy spandy Jack-a-Dandy
loves plum cake and sugar candy.
He bought some at the grocer’s shop
and out he came, hop, hop, hop.
illustration by Virginia Allyn – Mother Goose’s Pajama Party

MOTHER GOOSE, you’ve got MAIL!

the children’s boOK that inspired this series of poems

Star light, star bright, come to story time tonight

You’re invited to a magical slumber party with all your nursery rhyme friends! Join Little Bo-Peep, Georgie Porgie, Miss Muffit, the cow that jumped over the moon, and all their pals as they march merrily toward Mother Goose’s house for a cozy slumber party full of stories.  And after they are all tucked in continue to the back of the book and find a section with your favorite nursery rhymes.​

by Danna Smith
illustrated by Virginia Allyn
published by Random House Doubleday

Click here to learn more about or to purchase this book.


I hope you’ll join me this summer for more of this fun series—next week Mother Goose will hear from Mary Mary Quite Contrary. Hmmm…I wonder what she’s been up to.


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