Wishing a Happy Birthday to Charles Perrault, born January 12, 1628.
In 1679, Mr Perrault, a French author, compiled The Tales of Mother Goose – a collection of stories derived from pre-existing folk tales. His most famous works include Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots and Sleeping Beauty.
“What virtues do these stories possess that have kept them alive for so long a time? They have to some degree stimulated and nourished qualities of supreme worth in individual and social life. With the young the struggle against greed and falsehood and pride and cowardice is a very real one, and situations in which these homely, fundamental traits are involved are full of interest and seriousness. Again, to mature people the reward of well-doing and the punishment of evil conduct portrayed in these stories are apt to seem too realistic, too much also on the cut-and-dried pattern; but it is far different with children. They have a very concrete sense of right and wrong, and they demand a clear, explicit, tangible outcome for every sort of action. They must have concrete, living examples, with the appropriate outcome of each, set before them.
A modest, faithful child will be strengthened in his good qualities; while one lacking these will have them aroused, to some extent at any rate, by following Cinderella in her career. Arrogance and selfishness come to unhappy straits in this fancy world, and they are likely to fare the same in the real world; so it would be better to part company with them, and take up with gentleness and kindliness and faithfulness instead. And every one may be of some help to others if he be only of the right mind. The brother who thought himself faring badly with only a cat for a legacy learns betimes that even so small and apparently helpless a creature may be of much service when he is rightly disposed. A person might think little Thumb could accomplish nothing of value to any one, but he again teaches the child that all depends on the willingness to be of assistance, the good-heartedness, the fellow-feeling which one has for others.”
M.V. O’Shea, Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin in her forward to the 1901 edition of The Tales of Mother Goose
an hour gone by and a note from Grandmother – now I thought I’d have this post done in no time, a quick and easy start to the week, find a couple of goose patterns, said and done.
Well, there don’t appear to be any free goose patterns. Anywhere.
We’ll have to make do with a few ducks to adapt (call them geese) and move on….
cute crochet duckling from inner child crochet – put an apron on it?
this one looks motherly –
yes, she’s Granny Chicken, but a grandmother and very adaptable
Waddle Duck – knit – use white yarn and add an apron
That’s all I’ve got –
If you find a real Mother Goose pattern (free) would you please leave a link in the comments so I can share?
Update – January 2015 – a couple more
>this one says she’s a swan, but it looks like Mother Goose to me! crochet