Nursery Rhyme Songs: Little Bo-Peep

The famous nursery rhyme “Little Bo-Peep” has delighted children for generations! 

“Little Bo-Peep” Lyrics

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn’t know where to find them,
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

Click the image to download a beautiful PDF of the “Little Bo-Peep” lyrics!
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Sing along with this beautifully illustrated video of this well-loved nursery rhyme!

Story of “Little Bo-Peep”

The original story is about a little shepherdess who loses her sheep. Her name may have come from a 16th-century children’s peek-a-boo game in England known as “Bo-Peep.” The game was even referenced in a scene in Shakespeare’s King Lear.

In 1805 the first verse was discovered in print. Additional verses were added in 1810, when it was published in a collection of nursery rhymes titled The Nursery Parnassus by Joseph Johnson.

Later, in 1870, James William Elliot wrote a melody for the “Little Bo-Peep” lyrics, which have been known throughout the world since then. Enjoy our original version of this famous nursery rhyme song in the video below! 

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Find other nursery rhyme videos on The Good and the Beautiful Kids Channel. 

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  • I LOVE this printable!! I framed it and put it on my homeschool wall. Thank you for all your beautiful printables and information that you share!