", a traditional nursery rhyme and kids' song, is also best-known as "Lavender Blue". This seventeenth-century English folk song was recorded in different forms since the 20th century. And the most exciting was the pop versions, which have gained a great popularity and have been in the UK and the US charts.
Origins of "Lavender's Blue"
Like many other traditional nursery rhymes, songwriter of "Lavender's Blue" is not known. The earliest surviving version of the folk song, dating to 17th century (1672 and 1682) was printed in a broadside in England, titled "Diddle Diddle" or "The Kind Country Lovers". The melody of the song was similar to "Lavender Green", thus implying that a tune by that name was already existing.
Waltz and Halliwell have claimed that the nursery rhyme is associated with Twelfth Night (a festival celebrated by Christians honoring the arrival of the Epiphany) and the selection of the king or queen of the festivities of that holiday.
The popularity of pop versions in 20th century
"Lavender's Blue" nursery rhyme's pop versions became popular in the 20th century among the music lovers. One of the versions ("Lavender Blue") was featured by Walt Disney film, 'So Dear to My Heart'. It was sung by a popular singer, Burl Ives. The song gained so much of popularity that it was nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1949. Many other renowned artists including Sammy Tuner have recorded the song in between 20th to the 21st century.
Why should kids learn nursery rhymes?
So, we have learned some interesting facts, origins and meaning of "Lavender's Blue" nursery rhyme. You will be surprised to know that nursery rhymes
not only keep the kids entertained but also develops the required skills. Kids' songs and rhymes have the potential to develop children's literacy and language skills.
Alteration in vocal tones has proven to boost kid's ability to understand the natural sound of the language. Thus, developing an interest in kids and young children to read and write.
Reciting nursery rhymes is a great way to help kids improve the pronunciation of words. When kids recite the nursery rhyme slowly along with you, this helps them to catch the words and its pronunciation. And they can pronounce the words perfectly! Moreover, singing nursery rhymes is one of the effective ways for kids to develop their phonics skills.
So, help kids to learn lyrics to their favorite songs and nursery rhymes as it helps them in developing early literacy skills, communication skills, language skills and building a strong vocabulary.