‘Once I Caught a Fish Alive’ is a popular nursery rhyme and was created for the children to learn to count in a fun way. The lyrics of this poem are not based on any event in the history and the poem is only an educational one. The kid’s song is a very old one and it is said that it was first recorded in 1765 in Mother Goose’s Melody. The early versions of this rhyme were very short and there was only one stanza included with a hare instead of a fish. However, the modern versions of this poem that were reworked in the 19th century, there was a fish and not a hare.
About the lyrics:
The lyrics revolve around counting and the words are actually rhymed with the numbers. The story is about a boy who is sitting near a river with a fishing rod and is trying to catch a fish. The fish jumps out of the river and bites his finger. The poem involves number counting from one to ten and the story is made a bit interesting for the children by including the biting thing. The poet, in the end, asks, ‘Which finger did it bite?’ and then continues by stating ‘This little finger on my right’.
The lesson for kids:
The children’s song is a melodious one and offers a fun way to teach counting. It can be included in the list of preschool rhymes for making counting easier for the children. The rhyme also helps the children to develop hand and speech coordination and make learning interesting for them. The children learn to act and sing, and they know where to stop, and this way a lot of learning is made possible along with entertainment. The lyrics of this kid’s song are very catchy, and children love to count and sing along.