“Boys and girls come out to play, The moon doth shine as bright as day…”

“Boys and girls come out to play The moon doth shine as bright as day; Leave your supper and leave your sleep, And come with your playfellows into the street”

Come with a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a good will or not at all.
Up the ladder and down the wall,
A halfpenny roll will serve us all.
You find milk and I’ll find flour,
And we’ll have a pudding in half an hour”

The lyrics of the famous nursery rhyme date back to the 18th century. James Orchard Halliwell, the famous antiquarian, Shakespearean scholar and collector of fairy tales and nursery rhymes had collected the verse.

Mid Autumn festival is here, harvest moon is shining… Children in Vietnam are celebrating Tet Trung Thu. Sharing a few of my watercolour illustrations of children enjoying their bond with Uncle Moon. (some of the sketches are borrowed ideas).





7 thoughts on ““Boys and girls come out to play, The moon doth shine as bright as day…”

  1. Beautiful painting! Your paintings reflect ‘chandamama’s’ pleasure in taking a peep to the kids’ world. James Orchard Halliwell was talking more about the kids enjoying ‘Moon time’ and you talking about the moon taking delight in ‘kiddies’ time. Superb!


  2. I’ve never heard that nursery rhyme. It’s quite fun, and your illustrations are superb. We were able to see the full moon in past days, and it was glorious — so big, and red. I especially like that the moon seems so friendly. In a time when the world doesn’t seem to friendly in certain aspects, it’s a marvelous reminder that not all of nature is our enemy!

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    1. Harvest Moon is bright and big, unfortunately most of the days Saigon sky is overcast! While Moon is depicted as a female in Greek, Roman mythologies, in Hindu mythology moon is a male; pleasing, benevolent and children’s friend, Uncle Moon.

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      1. Like our ‘Man in the Moon’! I’ve read that the Japanese see a rabbit in the moon, rather than a human figure. It’s the moon as celestial Rorschach test!


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