-Hey Diddle Diddle and Baby Bunting by Randolph Caldecott

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

Momma ain’t going to get you those things in the song she sings.  She may give you a dog named Rover, rich kids might get the diamond ring, but I’m sure most of us never got a billy goat. She’s just mocking you. Payback for those presents you leave in our diaper.

Left image comes from, “Hey Diddle Diddle and Baby Bunting,” by Randolph Caldecott

On the right Audubon’s illustration of mockingbirds.


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