Baa, Baa, Black Sheep


Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full;

One for my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little boy
That lives in our lane.


Long, Sylvia. Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose. San Francisco: Chronicle Books LLC, 1999. Print


4 thoughts on “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

  1. How to Read Children’s Literature Post:
    Response to: Baa Baa Black Sheep
    In this nursery rhyme, the writer expects the reader to know the following about each category:

    About Life- What a sheep is, what wool is (and that it comes from sheep), and if we were in that era, we would understand this rhyme would explain the sheep tax in England

    About Language- How to read and understand English, the proper way of reading direction, grammar, the fact that “Baa, baa black sheep” is an onomatopoeia for sound sheep make

    About Literature- Understand that it is a nursery rhyme, so attention must be paid to rhymes, certain repeated words, patterns, musical aspects, and other qualities a poem/nursery rhyme would have; that only in literature can sheep talk, the three people represent the Master (King), the Dame (church), and the kid (plebeians), and that they all represent the three fields system

    What is the reader asked to do?
    Understand it is a nursery rhyme and experience the pleasure that comes with reading something “designed for children”

    Who is the implied Reader?
    children (1700s, England)

  2. You should have made a separate post for this assignment rather than listing it as a comment to someone else’s post. As a comment you can’t label it with a category box.

  3. Is Long the author or rhyme or the editor of the collection? I suspect she’s the editor, and if I am correct, you need to change where she is listed in the citation.

  4. Sylvia Long is the illustrator of the series of drawings in the book. The tale first appeared in a collection of nursery rhymes written under the collective terminology “Mother Goose” and was published in 1780. So should I change it to

    Mother Goose. Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose. San Francisco: Chronicle Books LLC, 1999. Print ??

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