Nursery Rhymes

To Market

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig;
To market to market to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;
To market, to market to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.

NOTE: This nursery rhyme first appeared in the late 16th and early 17th centuries (around 1598 and again in 1611.) In the game, children go out to market and come "abomba" which John Florio said in his 1598 dictionary meant "home againe, home againe". In the augmented edition of his work "A Worlde of Wordes", the definition is expanded to say that Abomba is properly the place where children playing hide themselves."

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S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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