Jack and Jill and that hill

Son 2 came home from his second day of school (okay, this was a couple of weeks ago) with this fine work:


I love the look of joy in the kids’ faces as they set off on their trip by the emerald light of the smiling sun, then the look of terror in Jack’s face as he toboggans down the hill, with his sister trailing and wailing behind him.  It captures perfectly the casual horror we find in some of the best nursery rhymes we sing to our kids.

Most of us will recall that Jack’s bleeding noggin’ was patched up with vinegar-and-brown paper (ouch!). But I’d wager not many of us were taught poor Jill’s fate.

How was it Jill’s fault?  Was Jack pushed?



Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To draw a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot
As fast as he could caper;
Went to bed to mend his head,
With vinegar and brown paper.

Jill came in, and she did grin
To see his paper plaster;
Mother, vexed, did whip her next
For causing Jack’s disaster.

Images: http://tinyurl.com/kgb5mhh

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Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.

Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language

Our talented team of certified practising speech pathologists provide unhurried, personalised and evidence-based speech pathology care to children and adults in the Inner West of Sydney and beyond, both in our clinic and via telehealth.

David Kinnane
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