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Mother Goose Q & A
Following are the most-frequently-asked questions about the Mother Goose field of study.
1. Who was the real Mother Goose?
2. Where can one find a Mother Goose costume?
3. What is the value of old Mother Goose books?
4. How can one find a particular old edition one remembers only vaguely from childhood?
5. What is the value of old Mother Goose dolls, puppets, stuffed geese, toys, story tapes, quilts, wall hangings, dishes, cookie jars, etc.?
6. Where can one get the words to (fill in the blank)?
7. What is the Mother Goose rhyme about Loki?
8. Can anyone try to sell or buy Mother Goose items via the Mother Goose Society Web Site?
1. Who was the real Mother Goose?
~  Many, many unknown writers--both male and female--make up the persona who has been dubbed Mother Goose. The fact is, there is no single author of the rhymes, despite various rumors that persist.
~  For a fuller explanation, see Who Was Mother Goose.

2. Where can one find a Mother Goose costume?
~  This is a creative make-it-yourself project. 
~  For ideas (as well as ideas for Girl Character and Boy Character Costumes) see  Mother Goose Costume.

3. What is the value of old Mother Goose books?
~  Talk to a Used-Book dealer. So much depends on rarity, age of book, condition of book, reputation of  illustrator, etc.  Sometimes a particular publication has mainly sentimental value--which is a good enough reason to treasure it. 
~  You can also check online book-sellers, like E-Bay, Half-Bay, AbeBooks, aLibris, etc. to see if someone has the book listed and what they re asking for it.

4. How can one find a particular old edition one remembers only vaguely from childhood?
~  Used-Book stores, of course.
~  But also check E-Bay, Half-Bay, AbeBooks, aLibris, etc. Frequently these online book-sellers show a photo of the cover, which may help you to identify the edition for which you're looking.

5. What is the value of old Mother Goose dolls, puppets, stuffed geese, toys, story tapes, quilts, wall hangings, dishes, cookie jars, etc.?
A lot depends on the age, condtion, rarity, and demand for such items. 
~  Your best choice here is to see what is being asked for them on E-Bay or Half-Bay. Items change frequently, so check back from time to time. It's also the place to find such wares.
~  Sometimes an antique store will have something of interest.

6. Where can one get the words to (fill in the blank)?
~  The basic source of reference is a good library--it's fun to get in there and dig for the information one wants--librarians are trained reseachers and knowledgeable in pointing you in the right direction to find the information you are looking for. Don't overlook the Children's Section of the library for books of the rhymes; they vary in how many rhymes they offer and whether or not they include all the verses to the rhymes or only the best-known, but you may well find what you are looking for. 
~  There are also online resources that specialize in creating anthologies of certain works. See Related Links.
Two possible source-books:
                                        The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes by Iona & P:eter Opie
                                        Mother Goose: From Nursery to Literature by Gloria T. Delamar
~  There are a good many Mother Goose rhymes on this Web Site, but this is not intended to be an anthology of all Mother Goose rhymes. What you'll find here is an assortment of applications that go somewhat beyond simply giving the words to the rhymes.

7. What is the Mother Goose rhyme about Loki?
~  Despite the frequent assumption that there is a Mother Goose rhyme about Loki, there doesn't seem to be one. ~  Loki was a god in Norse and German mythology. Briefly, he is considered a problematical figure, father of the cosmic serpent, of the wolf Fenrir, and of the goddess Hel of the underworld. His deliberate acts of mischief or malice seem to menace the security and self-satisfaction of the gods. His one irreparable act was to cause the death of Baldr (Balder), whom all  things had promised to spare, save only the mistletoe. Hel offered to surrender Baldr if all creatures would weep for him , but Loki, in disguise, refused. As a punishment, he was chained in torment by the gods (his anguished writhing was said to be the cause of earthquakes until he broke loose of them). Though some say Loki's evil character has roots in Christian conceptions of the Devil, the complexity of his satirical and disastrous nature must already have been well-developed in heathen times. (Source: condensed from Encycopledia Brittannica)
~  There is one possible connection to a nursery rhyme--in relation to the Baldr myth--see Who Killed Cock Robin?

8. Can anyone try to sell or buy Mother Goose items via the Mother Goose Society Web Site?
~  No. Sorry, but we're not set up to act as a go-between for sellers and/or buyers.
~  Try placing a free classified in your local "green pages" or whatever the freebie is in your area.
~  Try E-Bay or other such online resources.
 

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