How Well Do You Know Your Nursery Rhymes? Take Our Quiz!

Nursery Rhyme ComicsI have friends who dread reading to their kids, being forced to go back and read every word because the kids have memorized it all and the little tyrants won’t allow any shortcuts.

I don’t have such a problem, possibly because I’ve kept a short leash on what books come into the house. Fully 75 percent are favorites from my childhood, and reading them to the kids turns into a woo-woo mediation in which I’m suffused with memories while enjoying the present. Very Zen. I think. Is that Zen? Okay, I have no idea.

Anywho, the latest nostalgia-inducing one-two punch comes from an update of one of the classics, Nursery Rhyme Classics, which pairs nostalgia-blasting classic rhymes with images from today’s best-known illustrators. It made me think how precious these words are, an heirloom that costs nothing to pass along because it lives in the mind.

And so, let's take a quiz! How many of these classic story snippets can you identify?


"There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, who caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a crooked little house."

"Oh, so these things need to be aired out, just like pillows and babies!"

"Now seeds ... start growing."

"Read his story, my friend
And you'll find, at the end,
That a suitable moral ... lies there!"

"Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk."

“I’m not the milk, and the milk’s not me. I’m Mickey!”

"When the wasps and the bumblebees have a party, nobody comes that can’t buzz.
When the chicks and the ducklings have an outing, everyone has to wear fuzz."

What lines stay in your mind from the kids' stories from your youth? Put them in the comments!

Image via Macmillan Books

Answers: Nursery rhyme (featured in Nursery Rhyme Classics); Amelia Bedelia; Frog and Toad Together; The Nutshell Library; Blueberries for Sal; In the Night Kitchen; Best Friends for Frances

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