Yes, I do think that children this young notice the wording in the nursery rhymes. My son would be upset if I read the Old Woman In A Shoe as it is in the book. I remember these nursery rhymes from when i was young child and I did not like the ones that had any type of violence.
Originally Posted by Comtessa:
are children really noticing that at that age? or any age before they age out of Mother Goose. To date they are the best rhymes that really fascinated dd. they were written around the 1800s right? it is a more reflection of society then. actually that rhyme along with rockabye baby was dd's favourite. did she understand it. no. did she enjoy the words - yes. she loved ogden nash too but found some of his stuff boring. she also enjoyed shel silverstean. she has also seen really old versions of mother goose. some antique behind a glass case kinda book. as she grew older she had a sense fo wow to know that what she grew up with, was something perhaps her gma or even great gma had grown up with too.