Curly Locks
Curly Locks.jpg

Real Name


First Appearance

Pussy Cat, Pussy cat, Wilt Thou be Mine (early 1800s)

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Curly Locks, Curly Locks,
Will you be mine?
You shall not wash dishes,
Nor feed the swine;
But sit on a cushion
And sew a fine seam,
And feast upon strawberries,
Sugar, and cream.

Public Domain Literary Appearances

  • 'Pussy Cat, Pussy cat, Wilt Thou be Mine' (1800s)
    • (later renamed) 'Curly Locks'
  • 'Little Curly Locks' (1885)
  • 'Curly Locks' by James Whitcomb Riley (Aug. 1885)
  • 'The April Baby’s Book of Tunes with the Story of How They Came to Be Written' by Elizabeth von Arnim (1900)
  • 'Babes in Toyland' (operetta) by Glen MacDonough (1903)
    • (novelization) (1904)
  • 'The Bull Moose Mother Goose' by Sallie Macrum Cubbage (1912)
  • 'Second Year Music' by Hollis Dann (1915)
  • 'The Modern Mother Goose' by Helen Hamilton (1916)
  • 'Mother Goose Comes to Portland' by Frederic W. Freeman (1918)
  • 'The Real Personages of Mother Goose' by Katherine Elwes Thomas (1930)

“Curly Locks!,” illustration by E. Dalziel from National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs, 1872.

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