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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 08:08 am (UTC)
I learned this tickling rhyme at my mother's knee and had it reinforced by the BBC in Play School. However, I came across another "tickling rhyme" when I was bringing up my children:

Right about there, sat a little hare <--- Circles on palm or stomach
Along came a pussycat... <--- Pause
And chased him under there! Tickle under the armpit!