Round and Round the Garden

traditional song

Round and round the garden is a nursery rhyme for infants and toddlers. Usualy it is accompanied by fingerplay, such as touching and tickling.

RhymeEdit

The version given by The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes is:[1]

Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear;
One step, two step,
Tickle you under there!

This rhyme is probably fairly recent.

OriginsEdit

The rhyme was first collected in Britain in the late 1940s.[2] Since teddy bears were not common before the twentieth century it is likely fairly recent in its current form. Iona and Peter Opie suggest that it is probably a version of an older rhyme, "Round about there":[2]

Round about there
Sat a little hare,
The bow-wows came and chased him
Right up there!

ReferencesEdit

  1. Opie, Iona; Opie, Peter (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 215.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Opie, Iona; Opie, Peter (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 233.