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The native habitat of teddy bears

I've now encountered this nursery rhyme thrice. C's mother knew it from her childhood, but C had never heard it. (Presumably it was out of vogue when he was a child?) Misremembered conversation - we were talking about "Wind the bobbin up".

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

Why and how do teddy bears go round and round gardens? What are they doing out there? Do they live in particular kinds of gardens? Is it where they live when they're not off having picnics in the woods?

Are you familiar with this rhyme?

Yes, since childhood.
Yes, since adulthood.
No, it is not familiar to me.

Or rather, "learned as an adult".



Feb. 3rd, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
I know it as "round and round the garden / goes the little bear," which at least removes the problem about the automated stuffed animal and replaces it with a less difficult one in which someone has inadvisably left food out in bear country.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
I remember it as "looking for..." which completely eliminates teddy bears doing any moving.