The man in the wilderness

Hello kiddies! I’m late this week posting – sorry ’bout that – too busy digging out of that awful white stuff that falls from the sky. Anyway, this rhyme is a little more obscure than some of the other ones but no less fun.  Enjoy and stay warm!  Love and feathers, Auntie Gooseman in wilderness_0001


Original version



by Nicholas Beckett

by Arnold Lobel

Grandma’s Nursery Rhymes

red herrings

by Nick Wonham

A Man in the Wilderness Strawberry Party Game

A Man in the Wilderness Strawberry Party Game is played in a group format. To begin, spilt the party guests into equal numbered teams in a circle seated. The first player in each team is given a large strawberry. Each player is given a toothpick he or she must hold on to. On go, the player pierces the strawberry and passes it to the player. That player pierces the strawberry and does the same to his or her teammate. The first team to pass the strawberry around to the original player, wins. If a strawberry is dropped on the floor, players must pick it up quickly and resume play. For smaller groups of teams, have the players pass the strawberry in the circle 5-10 times before declaring a winning team.


We have placed this Nursery Rhyme, The man in the wilderness , in our category ‘Lost Lyrics of an Old Nursery Rhyme’. Can you help us identify the the place of origin or history of this lesser known children’s nursery rhyme?This rhyme can be found in The Only True Mother Goose Melodies (c. 1833); The Nursery Rhyme Book, edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke (1897); The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

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