Nursery Rhyme November: There was a Crooked Man

Ok a bit of theme for the first couple of weeks of November’s posts.  Aside from the nice alliteration, November is also the month that celebrates Nursery Rhyme Week.   The event is designed to celebrate the important role Nursery Rhymes play in early childhood development and education.

They are believed to help language and communication, emergent literacy skills, a fun way to assist with learning early maths. and more generally help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.

So starting off with There was a Crooked man.  I oped for some paper cutting.  The rhyme itself has some different theories about its origin – one is that it was inspired by an actual crooked, angular, multi-coloured house.  Another that it is about a Scottish General who signed a covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland with the stile referencing the borders.


There was a crooked man,
and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat,
which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

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