Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rewriting nursery rhymes

Lenore Skenazy, author of "Free Range Kids" and proprietor of the blog of the same name, runs a weekly humorous contest in The Week. Her two careers converged recently when she
"was fed up with that pre-school TV show in England that had tinkered with the ending of Humpty Dumpty [and] changed the ending to, “All the kings horses and all the kings men/Made Humpty happy again.”
The result: A contest asking readers "to come up with another nursery rhyme with a new ending suited for today’s supersensitive, easily traumatized kids."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the links! Funny reading on a cloudy morning.

    I knew supersensitivity was well on its way when in the early 1970s my relatives and neighbors started showing up at family funerals without their children for fear they would be traumatized by knowledge of the fact that people die - well before today's particular concerns emerged that those reworked nursery rhymes are about.


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