Reason Behind the Rhyme Chris Roberts, London librarian and author of Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme, visits Debbie Elliott and All Things Considered to explain the surprisingly complex meanings of the nursery rhymes we share with our children.
thumbnail
Special Series

Reason Behind the Rhyme

London librarian and author Chris Roberts explains the complex meanings of nursery rhymes.

Reason Behind the Rhyme: 'Little Jack Horner'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5135080/5135081" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Reason Behind the Rhyme: Rub-a-Dub-Dub

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5038237/5038238" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Reason Behind the Rhyme: 'Yankee Doodle'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4970266/4970267" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Real Meaning of Nursery Rhymes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4933345/4933346" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript