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Archive for December 17th, 2010

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

What do all those crazy old words mean? A tuffet is a small stool to sit upon. Curds and whey are the lumps and liquid found in today’s cottage cheese! One story about the origin of this rhyme is that it was written by Dr. Muffet (1553-1604), a famous entomologist who wrote the first scientific catalogue of British insects. He may have written it for his stepdaughter, Patience, who was frightened by one of his spiders while she was eating breakfast. Who knows????

I’ve created several big books around nursery rhymes, including this one, for Really Good Stuff (www.reallygoodstuff.com) complete with retelling pieces for use in whole group, small group, and at literacy work stations.

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