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Alphabe Thursday … A is for Apple Pie

May 22, 2014

We start again with A; so I thought I would look more closely at alphabet books and came across this nursery rhyme well known during the reign of Charles II.  In 1671 , John Eachard, an outspoken cleric quoted it in his book ‘Some observations upon the answer to an enquiry into the grounds & occasions of the contempt of the clergy’ It would seem preaching the gospels was not as easy as ABC!

It was considered in to be a good aid when teaching children to spell in the Coopers’ spelling book ‘The child’s new plaything’

Later in the century it featured often in the chapbook series; the usual title was the Tragical death of A, Apple Pye who was cut in pieces and eat by twenty-five gentlemen with whom all little people ought to be very well acquainted.  

The rhyme was a favourite for ABC instruction in the 19th century.  Kate Greenaway made a book of it, A, Apple Pie which is still reprinted.

A was an apple-pie;

B bit it,

C cut it,

D dealt it,

E eat it,

F fought for it,

G got it,

H had it,

I inspected it,

J jumped for it,

K kept it,

L longed for it,

M mourned for it,

N nodded at it,

O opened it,

P peeped in it,

Q quartered it,

R ran for it,

S stole it,

T took it,

U upset it,

V viewed it,

W wanted it,

X,Y,Z, and the ampersand

all wished for a piece in hand.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2014 8:49 am

    I really enjoy Thursday Alphabet posts. But how depressing that for some reason WordPress had peppered every image with pop up adverts. What’s going on here?

    • May 22, 2014 9:14 am

      Yes I have found this too … is there anything I can do?

      • May 22, 2014 10:51 am

        I don’t know. Cynically, it’s probably a ploy to make us subscribe! I must look at my blogs on another computer to see what appears.

  2. May 22, 2014 11:30 am

    How cute is that — thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Lots of greetings from Germany,

  3. May 22, 2014 10:46 pm

    LOL Great instructions!

  4. May 23, 2014 12:01 am

    very cute! Love what everyone did with just one pie! I remember having a Kate Greenaway book when I was young. I don’t think it was an Alphabet Book… now I’ll have to check out what it was! {:-D

    • May 23, 2014 7:46 am

      Oh yes you must!!! they are very odd and of a ‘time’ but cute !

  5. May 28, 2014 12:28 am

    What a delightful rhyme!

    That was absolutely cute!

    Thanks for the smile and thank you for linking.


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